In our family we have quite a few traditions that we follow throughout the holidays. Our Tree trimming party, watching Christmas Vacation, the Light Tour of town, but one of my past favorites was the annual family picture, for the Christmas card. The year was 1986 and my youngest daughter was 17 months old and we lived far away from home in Colorado. I had the family dress up in their matching Denver Broncos gear and we snapped away, and a tradition was born. We continued until 2004, on our last family vacation together on the Oregon Coast. Through the years we marked accomplishments, vacations, our home and times spent together. Some years it was like pulling teeth to get everyone set up, dressed in matching outfits or home on the same day (except for E, she loved doing this each year). And tempers flared. In the "olden" days it was a bit more difficult to get the perfect shot. Digital cameras hadn't been invented and I insisted on about 20 pictures to get just the right one. To lighten the mood, we decided that if everyone behaved themselves for Mommy, we would take a funny picture. The girls loved that one, and some years we let it become our Christmas card insert. A few years back, I wanted to revisit this special time, so I attached all the copies I had kept, to the front of our frig. What a hit that was! It was wonderful to see how the family had grown and changed (especially my hair-do's) and every year I continue this "new" tradition and we have even started to add some new individual photos to the collection. Enjoy just a few of our favorite years!
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