Sunday, 2 December 2012

OH Christmas Tree! OH Christmas Tree!

Whenever someone starts a new relationship or starts a family they, like me, like you, love to think about starting new traditions with it. We love to think of us doing the same thing years from now. We love to think about us telling people how many years we've been doing it.

Essentially we want to create and tell stories.

You could say it's that kind of idealism and chocolate box inspired expectations of perfection that impose stress on us at this time of year. My response is that as long as your traditions embrace the weird, the unconventional and the unaffected then these little rituals are what anchor you to your loved ones at this whirlwind time of year.

Well here we are a new family at our first Christmas. I want to drink it all in. Snap it. Blog it. Bottle it and keep it close to me forever and ever. I worry with more babies and time gone by the novelty will lessen. I suspect it won't. Steve would tell me it won't because I'm an eternal romantic (though he'd use a word like "dafty").

Still I worry it might and as a result I'm throwing myself feet first into the festive fever. I'm a retailers dream, sucked into every cheesy slogan-ed festive themed baby onesie I see and if I spend any more time on Not on the Highstreet  I may need to remortgage.

I do not need every piece of festive paraphernalia personalised with Euna's name. I do not need every piece of festive paraphernalia personalised with Euna's name. I do not need every piece of festive paraphernalia personalised with Euna's name. (Repeat.)

So here's the first of our festive traditions... Tree shopping. 
 Steve leading the charge...
 "You assess needle density darling and I'll just stand here and... NO I'M NOT TAKING PICTURES!"
 Ooooo prickly...
 Oh. I love them.
 A decision!
 "Wrap her up my good man!" everyone should speak ye olde English at Christmas... It's festive...
 Can we goooooo noooowwwww...
 Seriously... who needs baby sensory?!
 NOW you play with them! Not last week when I have you in appropriate clothing and am desperately trying to snap a Christmas card pic!
 Nom...
"Bear bottom" tights! Tee hee!
Insert a MULTITUDE of "Steve's Christmas baubles" related innuendo here...
This is the way forward for family photography...
For once I look taller than Steve!
Slow shutter speeds + wriggly baby on lap = mission impossible...
I told you I love them right?
FAILED traditional Christmas portrait... Hoping this doesn't become a tradition...
 VOILA!
 Now... We wait.
Happy story making!
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38 comments:

  1. I love this post, it is my little girls first Christmas too and I am such a sap. I am going to enjoy every little minute of this holiday season!

    Thanks for linking to Raising Imperfection, hope to see you again next week!
    Leslie
    www.violetimperfection.com

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    1. Hi Leslie! Thank you so much for hosting! How old is your little girl? How exciting it all is! :D WOuld love to see a snap of her at our link up... http://learninglessonsinmummyography.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/snap-your-whipper-snappers-3.html

      Charlie :D

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    2. I will link up to your next party!

      You are being featured today!
      http://www.violetimperfection.com/

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    1. Hi Jessica! Thank you so much, would love to see some of yours at our linkup this week it's JUST opened! http://learninglessonsinmummyography.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/snap-your-whipper-snappers-3.html

      Charlie :D

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  3. how very sweet I believe the light of christmas shines best in little ones eyes come see me at http://shopannies.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Angie

      What a lovely comment! That's a wonderful saying :D

      WOuld love to see you share some of your snaps back at our link up that's just opened! http://learninglessonsinmummyography.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/snap-your-whipper-snappers-3.html

      Charlie :D

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  4. I love the lit up Christmas baby - so cute!! I'm your newest follower from the "I love my online friends" blog hop - this is my blog if you wanted to follow back: godsgrowinggarden.com
    Thanks
    Angie

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    1. Hi Angie! Great to have you here and looking forward to checking out your blog... Be great to see some of your snaps linked up to our linky that's juuuuust opened! http://learninglessonsinmummyography.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/snap-your-whipper-snappers-3.html

      Charlie :D

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  5. Great post and great pictures!

    holly
    http://notdonegrowing.blogspot.com/

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    1. Hi Holly! Thank you so much! Be great to see some of your pictures on our link up, it's just opened!

      http://learninglessonsinmummyography.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/snap-your-whipper-snappers-3.html

      Charlie :D

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  6. FANTASTIC pics! Just visiting from Naptime Review's Monday Mingle. If you have time hope you stop back at www.jodiefitz.com ~ enjoy the season with your family :)

    ~ Jodie

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    1. Hi Jodie! Great to have you visiting! We'd LOVE to see a pic of two of yours linked up to our linky...

      http://learninglessonsinmummyography.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/snap-your-whipper-snappers-3.html

      Charlie :D

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  7. What a beautiful family and gorgeous pictures! Over from Mom's Monday Mingle and now following :) Look forward to reading more!

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    1. Hi Becky! What a compliment! Thank you so much! Be lovely to see a snap or two of your family on our new linky...

      http://learninglessonsinmummyography.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/snap-your-whipper-snappers-3.html

      Charlie :D

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  8. Stopping by from Miscellany Monday. What sweet, sweet pictures. I can assure it only gets FUNNER. This year my oldest (almost 3) helped me decorate. He was totally and completely enraptured by the tree, decorations...everything. It was actually more fun this year than ever. :) and I have a suspicion that it will be like that ever year - better than the one before. :) Blessings from Croatia: Rosilind from A Little R & R: www.littlerandr.org

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    1. Hi Rosilind! Thank you so much, I am really happy with them!

      Oh really? I am so excited, that sounds so precious your little guys helping you decorate!

      Thanks for dropping by I'd love to see snaps of your little on on our new blog hop http://learninglessonsinmummyography.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/snap-your-whipper-snappers-3.html

      Charlie :D

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  9. gorgeous gorgeous photos of your little one and her Daddy. Children really do make Christmas special. Have a wonderful week. I am linking up to you through Mosaic Monday.

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    1. Hi Jill

      Thank you so much I am pleased with them. Happy Friday!


      Thanks for dropping by I'd love to see snaps of your little on on our new blog hop http://learninglessonsinmummyography.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/snap-your-whipper-snappers-3.html

      Charlie :D

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  10. Lovely photos of you all preparing for your first Christmas together, just delightful.

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    1. Thank you Maggie! Thanks for dropping by I'd love to see snaps of your little on on our new blog hop http://learninglessonsinmummyography.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/snap-your-whipper-snappers-3.html

      Charlie :D

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  11. Your photos are just priceless. I remember the first Christmas with my baby boy, now we are onto our 6th Christmas with him and we have two more. The traditions will come naturally and I'm sure you will do a fabulous job documenting it all!

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    1. Thank you Messy Mom! What a lovely compliment! Thanks for dropping by I'd love to see snaps of your little on on our new blog hop http://learninglessonsinmummyography.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/snap-your-whipper-snappers-3.html

      Charlie :D

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  12. I love your photos! They are gorgeous! Following you from Monday Mingle! I hope you will stop by my site if you get a chance!

    Chrissy
    http://www.thetaylor-house.com

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    1. Thanks Chrissy! I will indeed stop by!

      Thanks for dropping by I'd love to see snaps of your little on on our new blog hop http://learninglessonsinmummyography.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/snap-your-whipper-snappers-3.html

      Charlie :D

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  13. Wonderful! She's darling! Visiting from the moms mingle

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    1. Hi Julia

      Thank you sooooo much! She is a darling and I'm excited to snap Christmas with her!


      Thanks for dropping by I'd love to see snaps of your little on on our new blog hop http://learninglessonsinmummyography.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/snap-your-whipper-snappers-3.html

      Charlie :D

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  14. Great memories captured here, awesome. Visiting from naptime review

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    1. Hi Haley

      Thank you! Thanks for dropping by I'd love to see snaps of your little on on our new blog hop http://learninglessonsinmummyography.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/snap-your-whipper-snappers-3.html

      Charlie :D

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  15. So cute ~ your first Christmas memories are always the best! Love the pictures of her in the Christmas ornaments!

    Thanks for linking your favorite post to Raising Imperfection.
    Please come back Friday to see if you were featured.

    Lanaya
    www.raising-reagan.com

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    1. Hey Lanaya!

      Thank you! Those are my favourite too! Looking forward to more of your festive snapping too :D

      Charlie

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  16. What a great post. Love your photos. You're making me want to go out to buy our Christmas tree. We just returned from driving around our neighborhood in the car to look at Christmas lights and decorations. We are getting in the spirit, for sure. The kids want more light up snowman for our front lawn........we'll see..... So glad I found you at Mom's Monday Mingle.

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    1. Hi Melinda!

      Yey! Go get it! I KNOW we'll regret doing it so early when the tree looks a bit sorry for itself xmas day but there's no stopping my husband cos he just LOVES it! :D

      Thanks for dropping by I'd love to see snaps of your little on on our new blog hop http://learninglessonsinmummyography.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/snap-your-whipper-snappers-3.html

      Charlie :D

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  17. Beautiful post and pictures!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks for hosting Jill! And thanks for dropping by I'd love to see snaps of your little on on our new blog hop http://learninglessonsinmummyography.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/snap-your-whipper-snappers-3.html

      Charlie :D

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  18. That little bebe is adorable! Love the pictures!

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