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Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s attempt to spread the festive cheer turned into a turkey after social media users mocked his new Christmas card.

Blair issued his annual Christmas card on Monday. It features a photo of him, with a forced grimace on his face, standing next to his wife Cherie alongside the caption “Season’s Greetings.”

The unnatural-looking smile quickly became the source of online derision.

Other users decided to do their own version of the card.

Some took the opportunity for some — admittedly outdated — political satire. User @GeneralBoles superimposed Blair’s successor Gordon Brown’s face onto Blair’s and tweeted “Come on Tony, it’s my turn,” a reference to Brown waiting for Blair to step down as prime minister and repeatedly telling him, “It’s my turn now.”

Others took the culture route, with @Rowland72James superimposing the couple’s faces onto Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, while @garboy photoshopped their faces onto the notoriously unsmiling Grant Wood painting “American Gothic.”

When asked about the card, a spokesperson for Blair’s office told CNN: “We do not ‘officially’ release the card, cards are sent to their friends and colleagues, which doesn’t seem to me to be that unusual a process let alone one which merits such interest.”

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