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Ghosts of Christmas Past…In Photos

granju photos mamapunditLike most mothers I know, I love taking photos of my children….lots and lots of photos of my children. This is especially true at the holidays, when my usual snap-happiness goes to 11, and I drive everyone in our family a bit crazy with my picture-taking.

However, as much as me constantly snapping all those photos may annoy everyone, I think that everyone in our clan would concur that actually having all of them is a real joy.

In fact, one of our favorite activities around holiday time is poring over photos from Christmases past. Since my youngest is only two years old and my oldest would be 21, our treasure trove of holiday pix includes everything from actual hard copy photos from the dark ages of developing-and-printing rolls of film right up thru various permutations of digital camera shots starting around year 2k or so up thru today. This year, I have been and will be snapping many if not most of my holiday pix with the nifty Samsung Galaxy camera that the nice folks at Samsung have been nice enough to let Jon and me try out lately. Thus, this year’s photos will certainly be of a far higher quality than any that have come before, and that’s something I am pretty psyched about. I also plan to shoot more Christmas video than I ever have before.

As I’ve spent the last few hours tonight looking thru all the boxes and photo albums and zip drives full of  years of holiday photos  tonight – laughing when I see some of them and crying a little when I see others –  I am reminded that you truly cannot ever have “too many” photos of your children. You really, really can’t. Trust me on this. I am so glad that I have taken so many photos over the years already, and I intend to keep snapping away this holiday season, and for all the ones I happen to be lucky enough to enjoy with my children – and eventual grandchildren – in the years ahead.

Here is a slideshow I’ve put together of some of my favorite holiday photos from Christmases past. While the quality isn’t so great on some(most) of them – and that’s especially the case when it come to the ones that I’ve scanned to digital  from physical prints – each and every one is precious to me.

Here’s the big takeaway from me here: TAKE MORE PHOTOS THIS HOLIDAY SEASON! (And be sure to read to the end of this blog post to find out how you can enter to win your own Samsung Galaxy camera to take all those great pix.)

Just click the arrows to scroll thru to the next holiday shot i my photo gallery. I’m scanning photos like crazy this weekend, so if you want to see more, check back later today and tomorrow for some very embarrassing photos of me as a young 90s mom with Very Bad Glasses.

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  • E as Wise Man 1 of 27
    E as Wise Man
    Christmas 2009. Our kids participate in the Christmas Eve pageant at our church each year.
  • New Tack Trunk! 2 of 27
    New Tack Trunk!
    Christmas 2005 - J was thrilled to receive this new tack trunk in the colors of the stable where she rode hunter ponies for most of her childhood.
  • Castle Play 3 of 27
    Castle Play
    Here are Henry and E playing with E's new castle that he got that Christmas morning. This was 2005.
  • Christmas Pageant 4 of 27
    Christmas Pageant
    Here are J and C with their cousins M, El and NC in our church's 2008 Christmas pageant.
  • Helper Henry 5 of 27
    Helper Henry
    Here is Henry on Christmas Eve 2009 showing his cousin NC how to work a new top she'd received.
  • White Christmas – 2008 6 of 27
    White Christmas - 2008
    I snapped this one of E and C from our kitchen window on Christmas Day 2008.
  • Best Christmas Gift Ever? 7 of 27
    Best Christmas Gift Ever?
    Christmas 2005 - A new pony for J!
  • Grandpa Hank with Kiddos 8 of 27
    Grandpa Hank with Kiddos
    My dad in Bell Buckle on Christmas Day 1999 with Henry, J and babies E and cousin El in arms.
  • Christmas secrets 9 of 27
    Christmas secrets
    Sisters J and C whispering some Christmas secrets - 2011
  • 4169497998_1b421cdfb0 10 of 27
    4169497998_1b421cdfb0
  • 8295787020_4f1001bf14_z 11 of 27
    8295787020_4f1001bf14_z
  • G’s First Christmas 12 of 27
    G's First Christmas
    2010 - As you can see, she was excited :-)
  • New doll! 13 of 27
    New doll!
  • E’s Sweet New Ride 14 of 27
    E's Sweet New Ride
    Christmas Morning 2010
  • Silly Cousins 15 of 27
    Silly Cousins
    Christmas Eve 2010
  • G Tries To Eat Her Gifts Open 16 of 27
    G Tries To Eat Her Gifts Open
    Me with baby G on Christmas morning 2010
  • Henry and Mama 17 of 27
    Henry and Mama
    Christmastime 2008
  • Jon as Santa (with E in Lap) 18 of 27
    Jon as Santa (with E in Lap)
    Holidays 2007, I think..
  • Decorating the Tree 19 of 27
    Decorating the Tree
    J, E and H decorating the tree. I think this was 2007.
  • E and C – 2007 20 of 27
    E and C - 2007
  • Me with Three 21 of 27
    Me with Three
    This was Christmas 2005 - me with H, J and E
  • The Eagle Scout and his Mama 22 of 27
    The Eagle Scout and his Mama
    Jon donned his old Eagle Scout uniform to march in the 2008 Fountain City Christmas Parade
  • Cutie Christmas Cubs 23 of 27
    Cutie Christmas Cubs
    E and his best friend L marching in the Fountain City Christmas Parade with their troop.
  • Family shot – 2007 24 of 27
    Family shot - 2007
  • Henry and cousin M 25 of 27
    Henry and cousin M
    Henry wrestling with M on Christmas Eve
  • Christmas Boy 26 of 27
    Christmas Boy
    Henry, 1994
  • Henry and Me 27 of 27
    Henry and Me
    Christmas in Bell Buckle, 1993

A big thanks to Samsung for sponsoring this campaign. Click here to see more of the discussion.

Would you like to enter to win your own Samsung Galaxy Camera?  Just repin one of the photos from Babble’s  “Holiday Memories + Moments” Pinterest board with the hashtag #samsungmemories for a chance to win, or upload your own photo onto your personal Pinterest board, using the hashtag #samsungmemories. And from there, Babble editors will select their favorite 20 photos, from which the winner will be selected at random. Remember!  The contest ends December 31st, 2012, so START PINNING!

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