Choosing my Christmas Photo Tradition: Back to Where it all Started
I tried Santa photos. Once. I decided that was one time was one too many. We waited in a huge line. I felt guilty for forcing my child onto a stranger’s lap, he hated the experience. I don’t even know where the photos are, I don’t enjoy them being out on display. Was I was going to miss out if I didn’t do Santa photos again, I wondered if I would regret it later, when the kids were older.
I turned to friends with kids much older than mine and sought advice. Did they get Santa photos? Why or why not? What did they most like about their Santa photos? I was full of questions. I was surprised to learn that many parent’s opt out of Santa photos, many with similar reasons to mine. I felt a little unsure to completely bypass having any Christmas photos. Would the kids like to see them as they got older?
For those that persisted with taking their kids to have Santa photos, the primary reason is to ensure they set the tradition of having at least one portrait a year, to put them together and show how much the child had grown each year.
Choosing my Christmas Photo Tradition
I created our own Christmas photo tradition: a relaxed, happy portrait with a Santa hat!
Why did I choose this, instead of a Santa photo?
First and foremost, I am a mum. I LOVE portraits of my children when they are being themselves. Having yearly Christmas portraits to capture their growth over the years will give me opportunities to sit down with my kids and show them their portraits when they are a bit older.
How to best enjoy the portraits?
Mums are busy and mums are tired. With this in mind, it’s important to be able to enjoy your children’s Christmas portraits. I provide them ready to display. In addition to this, I also have the perfect gifts for grandparents, so they also have the privilege of adoring the portraits and watching how their grandchildren grow and mature.