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Christmas Card Time

I started the day in a murderous mood - the result of a sleepless night with a sick 2-year-old and my own persistent sinus infection.

I rattled breakfast pans, stomped about and barked. 

Not the most auspicious day to tackle the annual holiday card which, in year's past, featured histrionic melt downs and fist fights. 

Maybe I wanted to punish myself more. Maybe I just needed a laugh. And since all four children seemed in reasonably good moods - meaning no one had cracked another one over the head with a hard plastic dinosaur in the last 30 minutes - I thought it best to seize the moment. 

Perhaps I should have stopped when I had to bargain with Tobias to put on pants or when Esme scowled when I told her our plans. I certainly should have known better when I cut too many branches from the miniature Christmas trees, then ruined two strands of Christmas lights by crunching the bulbs underfoot. 

I willfully ignored all of the ominous signs, however, and proceeded to get the kids in their outfits and onto the porch. Whereupon everything immediately went to shit.

All told, I snapped 120 frames and I'm hard pressed to find one where someone isn't crying, 


or defiant.

There's something about the chaos that strikes me as hilarious though. And while it's terribly frustrating to get four people to look one direction, it's also wild fun. Behold! 

Chistmas Card 2010 from Dana Damico on Vimeo.


Reader Comments (8)

I loved that even though you started your day (and your post) in such frustration, you ended it all seeing the beauty in the day. Your photos are wonderful...even the ones where no one is cooperating. I think, sometimes, this is the way life as a whole needs to be approached. A lesson I am trying to learn myself. Thanks for the reminder! Happy holidays!

November 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGina

Very nice. Overall I think you have more potentials this year.

November 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPaula

Love it! The dresses are especially lovely this year.

November 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLea R

Now I'm feeling the spirit. Happy holidays!

November 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSuz

The children all look wonderful! Sooo CUTE!!!
Have a Very Merry Christmas and an Amazing 2011.

November 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLinda G

Very cute and put a huge smile on my face! But just wait....till they're MEANAGERS! oops! I mean TEENAGERS!

December 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJody Gregory

I LOVE YOUR BLOG! I've checked you out a few times because of your hilarious comments on Bueno Baby, but today, I spent a good hour or so at work catching up and this caught my attention. I, too, have "photo shoot" issues. But I only have two girls. I can't imagine FOUR of "THEM"

(Not sure if this link will work, but if it does, it shows my oldest dissing my youngest during one of our famous shoots):

All of our "shoots" have been a disaster so far. I'm hoping that because my girls are older and so much more mature (a'hem) it will be better this year. In the meantime, I'll look forward to your post about your cards...been there, done that, sista!

December 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

That was absolutely fantastic!

December 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSusannah

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