Monday, December 25, 2006

Merry Christmas One and All

May the true spirit of Christmas live in our hearts, today and always.

From my family to yours -

Every year, we take a family portrait under our Christmas tree. It is always exciting and trying. I don't know why, but it seems to me to always be a big production - making sure the kids stay put, that they put out their best smiles, that they don't place bunny ears or sungay on their siblings, that the lighting is just right and so on and so forth. It is always excruciatingly painful but we do it every year nonetheless.

This year's resulting photos are not that great but definitely better than last year's. At least, this time the kids stood up straight and smiled for the camera. I will tell you a secret though. We bribed the kids into behaving and smiling. We promised the kid with the best smile a special gift. So who do you think has the best smile?

For comparison, here's last year's best Christmas photo. We tried, oh, how we tried, to get a seriously formal family portrait under the tree. But I guess with our individual and independent personalities, it will never be easy. But you know what? I wouldn't want it to be any other way.

Happy holidays everyone!

(Thanks to Shabby Princess for the free digital kits.)

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