Monday, December 7, 2009

wishing you a 'good enough' holiday

I am thinking I might just get Christmas cards sent this year. *crossing fingers* I have missed a year or two along the way and I feel bad about that. Here is my 'good enough' photo of the boys that I will be sending out:
They aren't looking at the camera, Peter has his hood up, they aren't wearing matching clothes or even have their hair combed and there is no sparkling tree in the background. I took this in the Fall during a trip to a local park. I like it and I'm just going to go with it. The thing is, that's pretty weird for me. I held onto this ideal in my head of a perfect Christmas card photo of my children for a long time. Sadly, the years I skipped cards were most likely due to the fact that I could not get that great shot. I usually ended up with something like this gem from 2007:
Yep, that's what primping and posing will getcha. Well, that's what it got me at least. So, I'm learning to let go of some of those sometimes unrealistic holiday expectations and it's actually quite a relief. I am still extremely jealous when I get a card from a friend or family member that contains a "perfect" holiday photo (how do they do it?). But I'm learning to let go of that as well.
What are you letting go of this holiday season?


Jessica said...

So funny you should post this...I too am a Christmas card photo perfectionist, and just last night ordered cards with a photo that I liked but didn't love. Just couldn't get my 3yo to cooperate w/ the pose I wanted. The one I used shows him shining his flashlight at the Christmas tree farm...and this morning, I decided that it's perfect because it shows him as he is now.

Your photos are darling and you're right that it's a definite relief!

Anonymous said...

This year, I am letting go of buying gifts. Since I became a first-time, full-time mom in June, we have officially lost both time and half our income. I am hoping to craft some gifts for Christmas, but it's coming up way too fast!
I love the picture of your boys, candid shots just seem more true to life that any sort of posing.

Glenda said...

I love the snapshot you're using.

We did photo postcards last Christmas, for the first time ever. I used a picture from that summer, taken at my mom's house when we had been swimming (so I didn't have on makeup and we all had pool-hair), when my stepson took leave from the Navy and came to visit. It was a quickly-posed snapshot, and it's one of my favorite pictures of the four of us -- you can tell we were having fun :).

WhimsAndInconsistencies said...

I am not sending Christmas cards this year. I'm trying to hand make a lot of gifts and it's piling up at the last minute. I felt a little sad returning the cards I had bought but I'm starting to feel better about it. One less thing to do and one step closer to being relax for the remainder of the season!