Nick Clegg 'wins Christmas' with card made by his kids

Digitally-enhanced card from Deputy PM and wife 'captures the real tackiness of Christmas'

LAST UPDATED AT 13:59 ON Tue 10 Dec 2013

THE Christmas cards sent out by political leaders are usually as drab as a backbencher’s suit. Sanitised, appropriately secular and devoid of humour, they are one-size-fits-all missives that fill no-one with seasonal cheer.

But wait: what’s this? Nick Clegg and his family have “won Christmas”, says Metro, with a handmade card that’s as jolly as Santa's trousers.

While the Lib Dem leader “does not have a whole lot to celebrate politically this winter”, the paper says, he can find some comfort in the fact his “light-hearted Christmas card has been declared the best sent by party leaders this year”.

While David Cameron and Ed Miliband opted for relatively straightforward photographs of themselves ‘En famille’, the Clegg’s cracker of a card depicts the politician and his wife, Miriam González Durántez, sitting on a couch at their home in Putney, London.

The photograph was taken by photography graduate James Gourley, for a project in which he followed the deputy PM around.

Clegg and his wife look unposed, but that isn’t the best bit. Their sons Antonio, Alberto and Miguel, have given their parents a “seasonal makeover” using a graphics app. Clegg wears a cartoon beard and Santa hat, while his wife sports virtual reindeer’s antlers and a red nose.

The Guardian’s Stuart Heritage was so impressed by the Clegg card he’s knocked out three alternatives cards of his own. Significantly, none of them are as good as the original.

“At last some Christmas cheer in a party leader Christmas card,” wrote political blogger Guido Fawkes when the Clegg card dropped through his letter box.

Meanwhile, Buzzfeed says the Clegg card “accurately captures the real tackiness of Christmas”. By abandoning the pretence that you can “project a statesman-like image on a folded piece of A4 card”, Clegg wins the Christmas card poll by a landslide. · 

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