December 24, 2011 – I like to think of myself as a laid back person. Not so laid back I’m lying down, but not a stickler for formality either. I’m not that fussed about what the kids wear on “special occasions”; my son has never worn a sweater vest or a bow tie. E and I do agree, though, that S is old enough to have to step it up and not dress for a special family dinner as if she’s going on a playdate—her colours should match, she should not wear sweats—we really aren’t that demanding. But there is one formality that my family must endure year after year. That is the family portrait under the Christmas tree on Christmas Eve.

This is usually taken in a rush just before we head out to Oma & Opa’s for Christmas dinner but it is done nonetheless. This year, little e refused, saying he didn’t want to be in the picture. I relaxed my standards and said at the very least, I wanted a picture of me with E and S under the tree. Little e came around as I was doing the test shots and we actually got a couple good ones. This one is my favourite.

© Kiki Yee, 2011


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