The year before we got married, Jose and I made our first Christmas cards together, and since then we've been continuing the tradition every year. We usually wait until the last possible minute to come up with a concept and take the photos, but I have to say we do rather well for a short time frame and a self-timer. For our first year, 2007, we went with a goofy retro theme.
I remember laughing hysterically for most of that photo shoot, especially when we dunked our faces in whipped cream. That was our fanciest year, because we used three different options and had them completely custom made, which turned out to be waaaay expensive, so we've switched to more budget-friendly methods since then. The inside of the card read Wishing you a swell Christmas and a nifty New Year.
For 2008, we had gotten married a few months before, so we wore our wedding clothes. Sweeney made his first card appearance, and because he kept trying to escape, it was such a challenge to find a photo where he wasn't totally blurry. He does look pretty cute with his little Santa hat, though.
Lily joined the family early in 2009, so that year was his first card appearance. You can imagine how next to impossible it would be to get a decent shot like this with everyone in the frame, with the cats actually sitting still while being tangled in lights! So we had to be a little creative and put a few photos together for the final result. Jose's expression cracks me up, and Sweeney does not look amused.
Last year I offered to do an illustrated card, but Jose wanted to take a picture at the beach. However, the December weather had other plans, so I quickly put together this little family portrait. It was definitely easier than trying to wrangle unwilling cats into sitting still for the camera. What's in store for this year? You'll just have to wait and see! I will say that we found a pair of matching vests at the thrift shop last week.