ThinkKit Day 25: Today we’ll keep it short and sweet. Share a photo from your year that highlights giving, thankfulness, traditions or finding peace. What does the photo represent to you?

These photos capture some of our holiday traditions.  I think it took us a few years with kids to find and create our own family holiday traditions, but we definitely have them now.  They are made from a little bit of his childhood and a little bit of my childhood and a whole lot of our life together.

We have a picture of every child visiting Santa since 2000 (which, obviously at the time, there was just one tiny infant on Santa’s lap).  These photos are each placed in a holiday-themed frame and displayed during the Christmas season. They are probably my favorite Christmas decoration we have.  I love looking back at the kids.  And, we don’t dress them up.  Instead, we tell them to wear their favorite things so that when we look back, we see who each of them was at the time.

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The boys sleep later and later each year.  This year, it was almost 9:00AM before they finally woke up.  They have to wait at the top of the stairs until we get set up with our cameras just right to catch their expressions.  And this year, like many years past, the boys also had to sit and wait until Jeff was able to come home from work for a few minutes to join us for those Christmas morning moments.  Notice the new pajamas, which are of course opened Christmas Eve.

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We still have one holdout on Santa.  So, the rush is to see what Santa left and this year, everyone was very excited.  Our Santa doesn’t wrap. Once they burn through the Santa discoveries, they open gifts from us and each other.

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