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It's a Wonderful Life

Monday, December 22, 2014

Now that the boys are a older and they can take direction a little better, we are free to add a little oomph to our Christmas card photos. And they know that I only ask them to dress up and take nice photos ONE time a year on Christmas . . . and at Easter which is really two times a year and also Halloween which makes three, but who's counting?

I digress.

So this year, I thought we might go with the theme It's a Wonderful Life - a crowd favorite that's played in movie theaters every Christmas.

We had many inspirations to draw from, including movie posters:

But, while graphically beautiful, they either had not enough people represented or WAY too many. Sure, Aidyn and I could have looked lovingly up into Ryan's eyes as Jaxon was hoisted onto his back, but we didn't want the photos to look too staged. So, I turned to other inspirations such as movie quotes.

And after some thinking, I knew what would work for our family. With the purchase of an inexpensive movie board clapper and the participation of my two little hams, I got to be Donna Reed for our 2014 Christmas card. (Note: Jaxon later told us that he was "trying to be a squirrel" in this photo! Aah, method acting - wrong movie (National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation) but A+ for effort!)

And we chose to use Clarence's quote and some of the day's funny "outtake" photos for the back:

Best wishes for a safe and happy holiday season from our family to yours! Remember, it truly is a wonderful life!

Make sure to check out our Superhero Christmas Card if that's more your speed.

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