Christmas Card Photo Day

IMG_0274Since my web site is called Memoirs of a Middle Aged Mom, I suppose it is appropriate for my first post to be about my kids.  This picture and the header photo are my 6 darling, perfect little angels *cough, cough*.  I love these pictures for a couple of reasons.  1.  They are simply, really cute pictures.  And 2. These pictures were their idea.

Now, like most mothers, I have been documenting each Christmas with  a Christmas photo of the kids. Over the years  I have gone  to great lengths to have a cute and creative photo of my kids to put into Christmas cards every year. Adorable pictures of them with reindeer antlers and noses, in the bathtub with Santa hats and bubble beards or simple pictures of them in front of the fireplace wearing matching flannel shirts.  As most mothers know, it is often a difficult task to get one child to cooperate for a photo, let alone 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6.  As the kids grew older, they became less cooperative on Christmas card picture day, and not because they hadn’t had their nap or because they were simply grumpy toddlers.  No, they became resistant because admittedly, it just wasn’t that fun.  It was often difficult for me to remain patient and cheery while trying to get them all dressed, smiling and looking picture perfect.  Let’s face it,  by the time it was over, we were all exhausted and frustrated.

A few years ago, the complaining and resistance were at an all time high.  My feelings were hurt that taking a simple family photo seemed too big  a burden to them.  I was hurt that they didn’t care or understand how important these pictures were to me.  After 20 some years of family Christmas photos, I gave in.  I gave up.  For the next few years, there was no Christmas card photo *gasp*.

Until this year, when they were all home at Thanksgiving.  I had regained my conviction for the family photo, took charge and told them that there WOULD be a group picture this year.  They groaned a little for old time sake as I told them to stand in front of the fireplace.  I just wanted to keep it simple as to avoid as much resistance as possible.  And then it happened.  A Christmas miracle.  “That’s too boring.  Let’s do something fun like get in the bathtub (dressed, of course) or all of us in your bed.”  What?  Was I hearing this correctly?  I didn’t care.  Without hesitation I enthusiastically agreed before they could change their minds.  They all hopped in my bed and I took as many pictures as I could  in about 5 minutes,  and called it done. No color coordination, no matching clothes, no coiffed hair or fun props. Just them, as they are, on any regular day.

I know it will be several years before they really understand how special and meaningful these pictures are.  But I bet, one day, they will wonder about the missing years and most likely blame me for the absence of them.  But that’s okay.  They will be happy that we all went though the trouble to document the growth of our family as well as their individual physical growth.  They will laugh about the torment and stories behind each photo and they will be grateful that their mom was such a pain in the ass every year on Christmas card photo day.


Just for fun, here are a couple pictures that demonstrate why my kids hate photo day 🙂


4 thoughts on “Christmas Card Photo Day

  • December 20, 2013 at 9:44 am

    I love the photos!! They capture perfectly how much fun they have together. They will definitely cherish these times (and the photos that captured them) in the years to come. Can’t wait to see what’s in store for this blog!

  • December 20, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    I love these pictures… but even more, the feelings and emotion behind the post. Beautiful!

  • December 20, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    Firstly…YAY! A blog! I’m SO glad you’re doing this!!!
    These pictures are priceless! I LOVE your kid’s smiles… It’s what makes them all look alike.
    This post made me tear up. I love how you write… sweet and yet oh so honest with a little dash if cursing!
    I look forward to reading more from you my talented friend

  • December 21, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    Yay!! Thanks for the great blog, can’t wait to read more! So happy you started it!! I love your kids, always fun to hang with you guys!! I’m looking forward to reading all about you guys. Merry Christmas!!


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