The Picture That Started a Family Tradition

Christmas 1981

OK, so here I am pretty jazzed about Christmas in 1981. It was a good year.

I was 5 years-old, about this close to learning how to ride a bike, and all my Barbie shoes were accounted for. Little did I know standing there in my footed pajamas that 17 years later my husband would discover this picture and make it “a thing”.

From our first Christmas as newlyweds until today, we’ve taken a picture of my husband and now children in this exact pose every holiday season, hereby known as “The Excited Christmas Picture Tradition”.

Take a look at a few of our favorite excited pictures!

  • 1998 1 of 6
    My husband stands pre-kids in our first apartment in front of our very first Christmas tree.
  • 2002 2 of 6
    It was like 2-month-old Boy Wonder knew just what to do!
  • 2003 3 of 6
    One year old Boy Wonder at Grandma & Grandpa's house.
  • 2007 4 of 6
    A 5-year-old Boy Wonder stands in front of a giant outdoor mall Christmas tree.
  • 2009 5 of 6
    Sweet! A toddlerly BooBoo joins in on the Christmas fun!
  • 2011 6 of 6
    The men in my life.

Just as my dad captured the excitement of the Christmas season with me in 1981, I’m hoping to do the same with my kids. I love how one old picture had the power to create such a fun tradition in our family. I hope one day to have an entire collection of excited Christmas pictures with my grown sons and their children!

Do you have family picture traditions?

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