Over the last several years, my mom has started a new tradition. Out with the old fashioned end of year mass mail letter to family detailing our every moment in a cheerful tone! Out with pictures included in cards for odd holidays like Arbor Day! Out with personal cards to every member of the family and everyone else loosely connected to us!
My mother, being ever so family focused and making an attempt to share the joy she finds each day with everyone she now spends days creating a photo book showing what we have been up to as a family for the past year. Each year now, starting around mid-November, every moment or photo comes with an exclamation of, "this will be great for the book!"
The year my brother got married, the book was enormous in order to include all of the vital moments. When I brought my dog, Stevie, home, the book was full of more pictures of a sleeping dachshund than I ever thought possible.
This year it will have some big travel moments and pretty excellent birthday celebrations, but the best part will be the cover.
I'm not much for staged family photos using a timer where everyone is wearing an ugly sweater, but that's what we've got this year. Plus something a little extra special.
Think Wally World, 1989, “save the neck for me, Clark!,” Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and non-nutritive cereal varnishes.
Happy family holiday card season my Friday Friends!
*image from here