Maybe the writer would like to come and demonstrate next year. I have first dibs for Christmas Eve 2015. I'll send directions to get there.
Christmas Eve at my parents' house is both a Christmas celebration and a birthday bash for my Mom. Since the first grandchild was born in 1982, we've been taking the annual snapshot of Grandma and the grandkids. We added a supplementary photo of the Great-Grands when they began arriving on the scene.
Let's just say our annual Christmas Eve birthday shot isn't going to make it onto a photo website, showing the "how-to" to create the perfect holiday image. It's not about photography's Rule of 1/3s or perfect lighting. It's about family - all the imperfections and all the chaos.
noun: chaos; plural noun: chaoses
1. Complete disorder and confusion.
"Snow caused chaos in the region."
|2.||Eight children ages 4 and younger "caused chaos in Grandma's annual birthday photo."|
And we thought five were a challenge for Christmas Eve 2013.
The 2013 version
This year, we added three more babies to the mix. (Below: The babies are Beau with Mom Abby, Brooke with Mom Jill and Pratt with Great-Grandma Moore.) The old pros at this great-grands shot are (from left): Braden (4); Kinley (3 on Dec. 30); Neelly, (3); Benson (2) and Holte (2 next month).
The scene is somewhat reminiscent of a long-ago grandchild shot - the first that contained all seven of them, back in 1994.
|From left: Abby, Brian, Blake, Mom holding Madison, Jill, Brent & Paige|
|From left: Jill, Abby, Madison, Brent, Blake, Paige & Brian|