10 Dec Christmas Family Photos | Holiday 2015
We always try to do too much. We try to squeeze in 14 bajillion things into the 2-3 days that we’re together before the madness of Christmas really hits. This year’s Christmas family photos came with the usual rushing and bickering, but I love them anyway. Read on to see how they turned out, and laugh at the outtakes!
Every year at Thanksgiving, it’s the same. My mom and I come up with a completely unrealistic, culinary marvel of a menu that looks great on paper. But in reality, we’d really rather just sleep in a little and drink more wine than slave for hours over a hot stove. So we pare down the menu as we go, leaving off the fruit salad (because who really eats fruit salad anyway?) and the sweet potatoes, and coming up with a meal that defies tradition but everyone loves in the end.
Then, halfway through preparations, we look at the time and realize there’s no way 12 of us can get a shower and get dressed for the amazing sunset photo session we had planned, on the one day we’re all together. But we throw on clothes and the girls apply makeup in an attempt to do it anyway.
Because it’s going to rain the next day. Because the two older girls have to work and we can only stay in town for two days. Because there won’t be another chance for Christmas cards if it doesn’t get done NOW. So we make it work.
And they turn out perfectly.
They show who we are. In some above-average light. Us, after too much wine, no showers, and all. We’re not perfect, and that’s perfectly okay with me!
This one shows all my children, with perfect smiles at the camera, all happy to be with each other…
…When this is probably more realistic. The out-of-focus laughs and the “you want me to do WHAT?” face.
Then I get the masterpiece. Naturally, it’s the one where I’m not forcing them to be happy to be taking photos. When I just let each of their personalities shine, they do. This was our Christmas card photo!
We don’t do matching outfits, and I try not to limit the wardrobe to a color palette. I tell them to pick something for the Fall, something that makes them feel good. This is what they each chose independently. It just happened to work out perfectly in shades of blue and red!
Even my (adorable) parents inadvertently kept to the color scheme!
And my brother’s #housedivided family wardrobe fit in perfectly!
It’s never a photo shoot without an epic Alex photo bomb!
This year, I actually made an effort to be in some of the photos. On my own. No one had to beg me. Amazing, right? I’ve finally decided that my kids need photos of their mom. So I jumped in this fun one with my girls.
And I made Ed do it too. Alex is still perfecting his model look, and yes, the beanie was all his idea. If he’s not in school, he’s wearing it!
I’m so glad Alex gets to grow up with his cousins!
These two are inseparable lately and I love it.
Each kid got an individual shot. Then my mom requested one of me with her, so why not? I love it.
Finally, one of my whole crew. And yes, that is R2D2 on my shirt. In sparkly crystals.
I’d say it turned out to be a success. Until next year. When we do it all again.