How many years does it take for something to become a tradition? Is twice enough, or do you have to do it for a third year to really make it stick?
Heading towards our first Christmas in the US we had a Santa photo done, the first time we’d done this, and as it happened, the first photo of all five of us together! Last year we went back and had another photo taken and I wrote about the difference a year makes and wondered whether we were looking at the start of a family tradition.
So, here we are a year later, and we went back. Same place, different Santa… It has now become a tradition. A small family moment, where we wear co-ordinating clothes and all smile together. A moment where we can see how much we’ve changed, where the past year has taken us.
For me it is also a moment for reflection, and for looking forward. It marks the beginning of Christmas, but also the end of another year. It documents how much the kids have grown, and gives me a moment to collect my thoughts.
It’s been another busy year full of highs, and not so highs. It’s been fun and frantic. It’s been exciting and emotional.
But, when I look at this photo all I can see is five happy faces. I can see children who have grown so much, developing and becoming independent, so full of character, life and enthusiasm. I can see a family that has so much to look forward to.
I wonder what our 2015 photo will look like :)