15 December 2010

Behind The Scenes - Making Of A Christmas Card

Taking the annual photo for our Christmas card.

Behind the scenes.

Oh the stories I could tell.

For now, I'll just start and end with this years card.

Look how much fun (they look like) they're having here.  It was Christmas card time at our household last week.  I've been sending cards out since my babies were babies and I always enclose a photo.

These are four (out of 5) of my offspring who don't have families of their own yet.  These are the four who still have to get their photo taken for THE CHRISTMAS CARD.  My eldest, she has her own family now and she sends out her own card with her family on it.  She gets to experience the Christmas card debacle and the havoc it wreaks for herself now.  I know she will find it just as priceless as I have over the past 34 years.  I always told her, "Do as I say, not as I do," but apparently she didn't listen.

I've sent out photos with our entire family including my eldest and her family but, lets just say, I can only accomplish that miraculous feat very rarely.  It's a boon just getting the 4 yahoos pictured above to sit and smile for the camera.

Honestly, any one of you who have tried to get all their kids to look up and smile all at once, raise your hand.  If you've tried to get your dog (cat, goat, chicken or bird) in the photo too, raise your other hand.  Just look at my spawn trying to use their power of persuasion to get the dog to sit with them. She's scared to death to approach that bunch of hoodlums.

 Okay everybody say, "Happy Birthday Jesus!"

Seriously guys?  Give a mom a break here.  Show me the love, so we can call it a day.

Oh, now that's just perfection.  I just love Christmas card making.  Look what I have to work with.  I mean, who wouldn't love it?  I even tried to get them back into matching PJ's like when they were tots, but apparently my authority only reaches so far.

Are we done yet?

 - I think this one turned out fairly human.  Well, at least it's not heinous.

From our home to yours,

Happy Christmas and Blessed Holidays to all!

The Clan @ "Cottage By The Sea"


Karen said...

LOL..oh, do I know the hassle. I have just TWO children.. a 21 year old and a 14 year old... and they are almost impossible to get to enjoy have their picture taken. The arguments, the tickling, the laughing, the snorting, the grumbling. Out of 50 shots I'm lucky if there is ONE that they will both let me use.

Yours is terrific, good job, and Happy Holidays!

Margaret (Peggy or Peg too) said...

Merry Christmas Tia.
Blessings to you all.

Amy said...

OH I love this!! The picture of the kids trying to call the dog over is just hilarious!

This year, our Christmas card consisted of this pic: http://photo1.walgreens.com/walgreens/slideshow/AlbumID=5294368001/PictureID=187815556001/a=14025429_14025429/

...With the caption: "WHAT DO YOU MEAN, I CAN'T HAVE A PUPPY??" May Santa bring you everything you asked for, Love, Mike, Amy, & Jackson!

That picture makes me laugh EVREY time I see it:)

Anonymous said...

Happy Friday.

Jill said...

Cute Photos :)

Stopping by via Friday Follow New Friends and am your newest Follower.

Merry Christmas!

~ Jill

kerrie said...

Tia, has anyone ever told you that you look like Diane Lane? I'm baking Christmas Biscotti and watching Must Love Dogs and I kept thinking Tia...yes, Tia, thats who she reminds me of in this movie. Maybe it's because her hair is similar to your color and style in this movie..at least what I've seen of the few photos you've posted of yourself. I love Diane Lane so I'm hoping this is a compliment. I tried taking family photos at Thanksgiving for our Christmas card but didn't like what they turned out like so instead I used good photos of each of us and made a collage out of them on Picasa...it worked well. Merry Christmastide. ox`kerrie

Jenny said...

Great tradition. At least it looks like they had fun! LOL!

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MsBabyPlan said...

It seem so fun to make Christmas cards, LOL!

Merry Christmas to you and your family.

jenna ♥ a little blue said...

awe haha my mom used to do this to us kids.... and well we gave her a hard time too. sometimes not even on purpose :) you have a beautiful family ~ and i really love your daughters' boots!

bichonpawz said...

Hi Tia! And Merry Christmas to you and your family! What a wonderful card!! Now...are you and your cottage OK??? Based on the news...it looks like a mess out there! I do hope that you and your entire family are all right!!! Blessings to you...

Mika said...

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Toyin O. said...

Lovely looking family, merry christmas!

NanaDiana said...

OMGOSH- I don't know HOW I missed this post. I must have had my head in the oven...purely for non-pathological reasons. Your family is gorgeous but you already know that...and looking up through the comments...remember I said that YOU reminded me of SOMEONE I knew? Well...I guess I only know "them" from afar because Kerrie has nailed it right on the head-it is Diane Lane..although a younger (dare I say prettier) version!?!?! Yes! Yes! That's it..I can quit trying to remember who you remind me of now..thank you, Kerrie...and TIA-You could have just told me yourself...Hey..I remind you of Diane Lane..You could have saved me hours of lost sleep!;>D.

Darling, gorgeous Tia-Many many Christmas blessings to you and your beautiful and wonderful family. I love you more than I love Lavender soap....xxoo Diana

Debra said...

Hope you all had a Merry Christmas.
The photos are great!
Now following Cottage by the Sea.
Lovely site.
Hope you'll swing by and visit me too.
Company is always welcome:)
Wishing you a Happy New Year.

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Kimberly said...

I was hoping once my boys all passed 16 yrs old, they'd cooperate for family photos. I guess not. my dreams are dashed.- not really.
thanks for sharing your fun in trying to get a Christmas Card photo

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