What makes this a favourite photo?
This photo was taken in 2015 (obviously not by me) as part of my birthday celebrations – I’m the one in the middle of the front row. We were in Melbourne visiting my sister and her husband on the pretext of looking at the wedding photos they’d taken of my daughter and son-in-law’s recent wedding.
Best Birthday present!
While out in the city we saw this pop-up photo booth and then queued for over an hour to dress up and have our Awkward family portrait taken!
Yes, my husband, my sister and brother-in-law, my daughter and son-in-law all agreed to participate in this just because I wanted it for my birthday!! It’s hard to get away from Christmas things when your birthday is in mid-December so sometimes it’s easier to just go with the flow!
For the record, I still insist on birthday wrapping and no cheap Christmas postage is allowed. Also I try to avoid having combined Christmas and birthday presents. They are separate days people!!
In Australia we don’t get snow at Christmas (usually), we don’t wear funny/ugly jumpers and we don’t usually look like this at Christmas. But it was a fun way to document a family gathering and we laughed for ages every time we looked at the photos. Thanks to Awkward Portraits by Karin Locke for the great idea and letting us share our awkwardness with you all.
To be honest I still laugh when I look at it! I just love it! How crazy do we all look?
Which is precisely why it’s made my list of favourite photos.
I’m so excited to be in England for Christmas this year and will (hopefully) receive a special Christmas jumper, sometimes called a fugly sweater, I can actually wear in the cold wintery weather over here! It would be so appropriate. I’ve put it on my Christmas list 🙂
A Christmas jumper, Christmas sweater, or colloquially ugly Christmas sweater, is often a top pulled over the head to cover the torso, themed with a Christmas or winter-style design. These clothing items are often knitted. A more traditional approach is often a roll neck top-pulled jumper. A survey conducted in 2012 showed that 41% of the British population owned a Christmas-themed jumper, which increased to 50% within London and Wales. Source
Since becoming a grandmother in 2018 I have started a new tradition of having a Santa shot taken with my granddaughter Emilia. Last year she was quite happy to do so but this year she was a bit concerned at Santa and wasn’t happy to have her photo taken without her mummy holding her. I’ll try to get a Christmas themed shot with Dottie this year and next year we will have a new little granddaughter to start a new Granny tradition with. How much fun is this grandmothering gig??? Well I look pretty happy in these shots anyway 🙂
Christmas photos over the years
I used to make my three daughters matching Christmas dresses when they were little and have a lovely collection of photos from over the years. A few Christmases ago, my middle daughter made her sisters matching dresses for a Christmas surprise to bring back some happy memories! They then went and had a secret photo session to reproduce some of their childhood happiness, but alas couldn’t find a Santa’s knee to sit on!
It’s funny to think that all three girls are now mothers or mother-to-be and will soon have their own little girls. They will start their own family Christmas traditions. It doesn’t seem that long ago that they were my ‘little’ girls.
Joining in with Terri for Sunday Stills with the prompt of Oldie but a Goodie or favourite photo – thanks for allowing me to share the memories Terri, it’s been so much fun!
Have you a favourite Christmas photo or tradition you’d like to share?
Remember to have fun – it’s so important these days and so underrated. You’ve got to be able to laugh at yourself in my opinion 🙂
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