One of the first things on my to-do list when the holiday season arrives is to schedule a photo shoot for family holiday cards. Now with more kids in the mix, coordinating outfits and actually getting them to sit and smile seems like a chore. Do they really bring extra magic to the holiday season? Let’s weigh in below.
Now that the holiday season is upon us, it’s time to slow down and soak all the magic in. That’s after the hassle of getting gifts for everyone on your list, attending any company and/or friend’s holiday party, and traveling to see distant relatives of course.
A Christmas tradition I started after I became a mom was sending out family holiday cards.
Jade was just a few months old at the time so we used that opportunity as both a birth announcement and to wish our loved ones a Merry Christmas. Once we got married, we decided to start doing family photoshoots for holiday cards and we’ve kept at it ever since.
Except, I almost opted out of doing a family photoshoot this year as well as sending out holiday cards. At almost seven months pregnant, the thought of finding coordinating outfits for the family, finding a photographer last minute, and actually getting dressed seemed like such a hassle. Not to mention getting a very active two-year-old to actually sit down and smile on cue; I was tired at just the thought of it all.
But, I thought of all the memories I’d miss out on. Documenting my first pregnancy during the holiday season, sharing with family how much the kids have grown, and the opportunity to wish those we love the most a joyous holiday season and a Happy New Year.
So I put on my big girl panties, more like maternity, but I digress and scheduled our shoot for the weekend after Thanksgiving. And, I’m happy I did it despite getting caught in the rain and getting in a full workout chasing a toddler around the studio.
Once we received a sneak peek of our photos, I realized that family holiday cards actually bring me so much joy.
No matter how much trouble it was, I would have regretted not sending holiday cards out this year. I love both sending and receiving them. This is the only time I connect with distant relatives, and I look forward to sending them a little piece of our heart — even if it’s just once of year. To me, family holiday cards make the season much brighter, so they’ll stay on my annual to-do list.
How do you feel about family holiday cards? Are you sending them out this year?