Monday, December 27, 2010

The Elusive Christmas Card

Comparing this year's posts to last's, it's obvious that I have been avoiding the subject of Christmas. This was the first time in four years that I did not have the boys for Christmas, and to say I was a bit pissed bummed about it is an understatement. Alas, it's one of the unfortunate things families must deal with when the parents are no longer together.

The boys will be home tomorrow and we will be able to start some of our own traditions although we won't be celebrating Christmas until New Years Day, as Josh has to work during the week.

To get myself out of this funk, and into the holly jolly goodness I know I possess inside let's revisit the elusive Christmas card from years gone by.


One of my favorite Christmas cards. Bought the boys their yearly Children's Place sweaters and hats and we did a couple photo shoots by the water. The first day was in Harbor Park and I took pictures of the boys, they were both super cooperative. The second day I had my sister come with us to the lighthouse to try to get some family shots and Corbin was not having it that day. The one picture I used he's covering his face, all the others he was crying in. Oh, and this was also back in the day when I made all of my Christmas cards.


Decided to not even attempt any sort of photo shoot, but we had the cutest photo booth pictures from the mall that I used. Once again, somehow I had time back then to make all of my cards.


Photo shoots just never seemed to work out anymore. You know how some things get easier as children get older? That doesn't seem to apply to my children when it comes to getting one nice shot for the annual Christmas card. In 2008 I went for a collage look, ordered them, and was quite happy with the results. Never looked back to my hand-made card days.


Attempted the home photo shoot, wrapped a giant box and stuck my two cute little gifts inside. Neither boy was too crazy about it. I did get a smile out of Corbin by bribing with a candy cane- never could get a smile out of Brian though. So instead I just took a picture from another day and stuck it on there so everyone would be treated with at least one of Brian's famous smiles.


Bought the boys the cutest Christmas pajamas that had their names on them. Though they should have been a Christmas Eve gift I gave them to them early because....well you know, I thought it would make a very cute Christmas card. Three different nights of trying to get a shot and could never get it. Finally I gave up and decided to go with a collage once again. I realized so many of our pictures from the year were of toothless grins so decided to play with that. Everyone seemed to get a kick out of it this year.

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday, no matter what you celebrate, and I can't wait to share more with you when the time comes.


Christina said...

I loved seeing all the cards from previous years! Merry Christmas!

Lynn said...

You do awesome cards! I love the photo booth idea, and this year's card is super cute...what a great idea! I think that next year I will get off of this idea that I must have a very recent, Christmas oriented photo, and just pick out my favorite pics from the year. Of course, that just means that I have to start taking pics now for next year's card...yeah, I'm nuts.

Glad that I am on your Christmas card list and got to see these!

@jencull (jen) said...

The cards are lovely, especially the collage ones. We find it hard to get good photos here too and I wouldn't even try, go you :D Jen

@jencull (jen) said...

The cards are lovely, especially the collage ones. We find it hard to get good photos here too and I wouldn't even try, go you :D Jen