I have been working on getting metal ornaments made using our Christmas card family photos from the past few years. On the front of the ornament will be the family picture and on the back, the picture with Santa. It's so fun to see how quickly our family has changed and grown!
2003...right after Michael and I met. (did he take this family picture?)
No 'real' Christmas card for this year. These were our 'thank you' cards sent out after our wedding and they pretty much doubled as our Christmas card.
For some reason we skipped over 2005 and sent generic cards with no picture.
This picture was taken as the 'front and back' of our card in 2006. (Any bets on who came up with this idea?) Welcome Baby Elliott to our Christmas family picture (he was about 6 weeks old when this picture was taken)!
This was the first and last time our whole family could fit in a picture with Santa. (I was pregnant with Emma in this picture.)
Welcome to the picture baby Emerald!
Welcome to the picture baby Isa!
Welcome to the picture baby Henry! (he was only about 5 days old in this family picture) And yes...that makes 3 years in a row with a new baby added to the Christmas card! Good grief...who are these people?
A year without a new addition! Whoa!
And no criers!
We tried to see Santa this year but the lines were WAY too long so we'll try again sometime this week on an off-time. (and I'll post this year's pictures then too)
And by the way...our kids don't actually believe in Santa. They know about him and think he's fun and we tell them that Santa helps us celebrate Jesus' birthday. We have no problems with talking about Santa but focusing on Jesus as the 'Reason for the Season.' The trick now that they're getting older is trying to help them learn to talk about Santa in a way that doesn't spill the truth beans to kids who have parents who lie to them. Oops - did I sound a little biased there? I mean...parents who perpetuate the idea of a man who knows the same things God knows...like whether you're being good or naughty at all times...and then based on your actions comes (or doesn't) into your house to give you things you want and beg for. Does that make it sound better?
And while I'm on this little cynical spewing of words...I'd love to hear a Christian's take on Elf on a Shelf! If you have insight on it please share! As a parent, I can totally understand the manipulation factor of a 'schtick' that keeps my kids wanting to be on their best behavior. But I just can't imagine how kids don't get confused about the truth of Jesus with the story of the Elf on the Shelf. I'm not judging...just genuinely interested in knowing how it fits in with the 'true meaning' of Christmas. I must be missing something since so many of my friends have fun with this new tradition. Please share...I'm stumped!