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Handmade Holidays: Merry Christmas


I just love the mix of gold and red in the Snow Village collection and to kick off our 12 Days Of Handmade Holidays Event I created a layout in the ‘Spirit of Christmas.’

In Norway where I live we have something called “Nisser” – they kind of look like garden gnomes – and the red hat my daughter is wearing is a knitted  “nisselue” (Santa hat).  These “nisser” were believed to live in barns where they took care of the farm and the animals.

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I love to layer several papers, doilies, tiny bags, and tags under my photos and this layout is all about layering. I even used a stack of gold tissue to soften up the edges of this darling photo!

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When I was asked to provide step by step instructions I struggled a bit because I normally just cut at my papers without measuring to achieve the effect I want. My other favorite technique is adding subtle background patterns with stencils and spray mists so this project includes a quick step for adding color to your white cardstock before building your layers!


Holiday Project Sheet #1:  Merry Christmas Layout

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12 chances to win! (because we still love giving…)

Come back everyday thru 12/20/13 and answer the “question of the day” for your chance to win 1 of 12 Snow Village Kre8v-kits! These kits include 368 pieces of crafty goodness including 12×12 papers, border stickers, chipboard stickers & element stickers.  It will look great under the twinkling lights of your tree!

SnowVillage_kre8v-kit Today’s question:  What photo traditions do you keep every year? answer below to enter!



164 Responses to "Handmade Holidays: Merry Christmas"

  • Judith Armstrong
    December 9, 2013 - 1:17 am

    We take a picture of the kids and the whole family in the same tree every year.

  • Vickie Lee
    December 9, 2013 - 5:49 am

    We take a picture of the finished tree with presents.

  • Jean A Marmo
    December 9, 2013 - 6:35 am

    Even though the kids are 25 and 30 I like to do photos with Santa. They refuse to go out in public to do this so I bought a Santa suit for dh!! Another photo tradition is one with the dated ornament I give them each year.

  • Christine V
    December 9, 2013 - 6:49 am

    We take a family photo in front of our Christmas tree every year.

  • Marcia Scantlin
    December 9, 2013 - 6:59 am

    We try to take a group family shot every year.

  • Karrie
    December 9, 2013 - 7:03 am

    I’m not really good about doing this every year, but in love taking a picture of DH & I every New Years Eve. I guess it shows another year of progression & more gray hair from the year before!

  • Fiona
    December 9, 2013 - 7:11 am

    The only photo traditions we have is take take a photo on the first day of school every year and photos on the children’s birthdays. We also make birthday banners for family living overseas, take a photo of the children holding it – then send it by e-mail.

  • Francine Seal aka DragonsLady.
    December 9, 2013 - 7:14 am

    Although I don’t always manage, I do like to try and get a picture of a decorated Christmas tree wherever we are spending Christmas.

  • Tara McCarthy
    December 9, 2013 - 7:14 am

    We have so many. Our finished tree. Making cookies. Our house. Our favorite gift on Christmas Eve. One of the kids all dressed up on our step landing.

  • Debbie F
    December 9, 2013 - 7:18 am

    Picture of the granddaughters and grandpa in Christmas hats, the granddaughters all get pajamas for Christmas so they have to put them on for a picture and we have some friends that we always get an annual picture with

  • Dawn
    December 9, 2013 - 7:41 am

    Decorating the tree, the kids on Christmas Eve in their new Christmas pyjamas, one of the whole family in the morning in front of the tree before the presents are open and one of the whole extended family later in the day.

  • Kristin Greenwood
    December 9, 2013 - 8:07 am

    We love making gingerbread houses, so every year I love to get the whole process in pics!

  • Theresa
    December 9, 2013 - 8:12 am

    We have a pillsbury doughboy hat the kids always wear when we make Christmas cookies. Love getting a photo each year of them wearing it!

  • Cheryl Hutcherson
    December 9, 2013 - 8:13 am

    The photo op with Santa is a yearly tradition! Going tonight, in fact! I know my 1-year-old is going to scream his head off! It should be a great picture! :)
    LOVE the layout!

  • Mommyx2
    December 9, 2013 - 8:46 am

    We take a picture with Santa each year and we take a picture of each night of Hanukah since we celebrate both and we take a picture of the kids in front of the tree with the presents. Since I have been scrapbooking so long, I know that I don’t want to miss these pictures each year. Thank you for the chance to win an awesome collection.

    • Mommyx2
      December 9, 2013 - 8:46 am

      Christin – your layout is awesome. I love your work!

  • Leslee
    December 9, 2013 - 8:59 am

    Lots of traditions- advent calendar, Elfie, Christmas baking, Christmas Eve fondue, visiting Santa!

  • Tracey
    December 9, 2013 - 9:01 am

    What a fabulous collection! Perfect for scrapping my annual photos!!

    I have a several photo traditions for each year.

    Christmas Eve photos of my girl in new holidays pjs
    Christmas Day pictures of my daughter with her dad then with me in front of our tree
    A family portrait of the three of us taken each year on Boxing Day when we go to my parents’ place

    And so many other random family pictures of everyone!!

  • Mélanie LaPlante
    December 9, 2013 - 9:03 am

    Around or on the day of our anniversary, my husband and I go back to the falls where we took our wedding picture. Last year, it was with my big belly, this year we had a 6 months old with us on the picture.

  • Denise Luscan
    December 9, 2013 - 9:10 am

    Since my son was born, I do a ‘photo shoot’ of him dressed up in some Christmas-y outfit and use that as our Christmas card (photo card printed at store). He is growing so fast but the pictures are a whole lot easier to take now that he is older :-)!

  • December 9, 2013 - 9:15 am

    We make pictures wearing Santa hat around the Christmas tree

  • Melissa F.
    December 9, 2013 - 9:21 am

    We take a photo of us getting our tree every year. We also always take a picture decorating it and when it is finished :)

  • Ashley Horton
    December 9, 2013 - 9:21 am

    Gorgeous layout Christin! We always like to take a photo of the kids in front of the Christmas tree, and also one of the Christmas story being read on Christmas morning.

  • Tabitha
    December 9, 2013 - 9:22 am

    Every Year My children and I make gingerbread houses and each year this is my opportunity to catch my kids being creative and sweet. Thanks for the opportunity to win this fab collection

  • auntie em (emily)
    December 9, 2013 - 9:23 am

    I am not sure if it’s a photo tradition but it seems that way. It’s trying to get everyone to stand still and pose for at least one Christmas picture at Christmas time. I have so many of people turning the other way, putting their hands up in front of their face or growing about having their picture taken. Is it just my family or are there other people with camera shy relatives out there? :/

  • Heaney
    December 9, 2013 - 9:29 am

    we snap photos of us hanging around beautifully decorated shopping complex.

  • Angela A
    December 9, 2013 - 9:37 am

    We always let the kids pick out their own ornament each year. It is fun to see what they have chosen over the years. :) My oldest is 15 and loves looking back at his childhood ornaments. :)

  • kaatje
    December 9, 2013 - 9:41 am

    20 years ago I made a caedhoder with burlap and crossstiching. It hangs on my door every year and I always make a picture of it with the cards ot the year

  • Jackie Hart
    December 9, 2013 - 9:42 am

    We always take a pic of our decorated tree, the Dickens Village/train setup and opening the gifts on Christmas morning.

  • Robyn Crowningshield
    December 9, 2013 - 9:58 am

    The main photo taken is of the boys in their elf or Santa hats on Christmas morning. This year we are going to go out as a family to cut our own tree and I want to continue this as a tradition. It seems so fun especially if there is snow.

  • Deborah
    December 9, 2013 - 10:03 am

    My husband is the photographer. We get a family shot every year.

  • Karey
    December 9, 2013 - 10:11 am

    Our photo tradition is taking a picture on vacation and then that becomes our Christmas card photo. Vacations are almost as fun as Christmas!

  • Alexia Misso
    December 9, 2013 - 10:25 am

    With Christmas tree and presents, also the ornaments we got for them the past years.

  • Beverly Jordan
    December 9, 2013 - 10:28 am

    Right now just getting all 5 of us adults in one place during Christmas season is doing good. So I would say, having a family picture together would be the one tradition that is still in place.

  • goldenblind221
    December 9, 2013 - 11:37 am

    Every year is the obligatory new pajama photo op by the christmas tree. Everyone gets new PJs on Christmas morning, and after all the presents are opened we scurry off to try them on, then model them next to the Christmas tree and snap a couple family pics.

  • Vicki Parker
    December 9, 2013 - 11:51 am

    Always the tree once it is fully decorated and the dog in his Santa hat. Theres usually a family photo at some point but that is getting harder to get with kids moving away etc.

  • Ruth G
    December 9, 2013 - 11:53 am

    I love the photo and the LO! The gold is really so wonderful and I think it’s fabulous how you started with the gold Color Shine on the background! The tissue paper really is fabulous, too! Thanks so much for sharing!

    My daughter started a tradition of wearing our tree skirt, so we have a tradition of getting pictures of her (and sometimes her brother) modeling the tree skirt. It’s just such a fun and silly thing that we love!

  • Amanda
    December 9, 2013 - 11:55 am

    A family photo in front of the tree!

  • Suzy Gray
    December 9, 2013 - 12:24 pm

    my grown sons think it’s torture to get the pix opening gifts each year but they indulge dear old mom

  • Heather Mills
    December 9, 2013 - 12:25 pm

    I don’t know that we have a “real” holiday photo tradition. I do take a picture of the girls to send out in our Christmas cards so I guess that’s tradition. But sometimes they are dressed up sometimes dressed regular, sometimes in front of a tree, sometimes not. I guess I need to get better at that!

  • Wendy A
    December 9, 2013 - 12:46 pm

    EVery year I take a pic of the kids as they come down the steps before opening presents, another right after they have opened stockings and before the wrapped gifts, and we take a family picture to send (which I still need to do).

  • Tronesia
    December 9, 2013 - 12:54 pm

    Each year we all spend Christmas Eve together in our PJs watching movies and eating all of our favorite foods. We also decorate cookies and gingerbread houses.

  • Debra Watson
    December 9, 2013 - 1:14 pm

    Every Christmas Eve my kids get to open up 1 present and it is always a brand new pair of pajamas. This was a tradition when I was a child and have passed it along now to my kids. They know what it is but still get very excited. Nothing better than new comfy pj’s.

  • Janetta Zeimetz
    December 9, 2013 - 1:19 pm

    I take the kids’ pictures in front of the tree every year. They secretly hate it :o). Now, smile!

  • Carmen
    December 9, 2013 - 1:19 pm

    We’ve started to take my daughter’s Christmas pictures every year on her birthday (she’s only had two so far so it’s been easy to keep that “tradition”) :)

  • Barb
    December 9, 2013 - 1:47 pm

    picture of tree and nativity

  • Julie A. Shearer
    December 9, 2013 - 1:54 pm

    Thank you for the freebie . We take pictures of all of us in Santa Hats .
    Thanks for a chance to win .

  • Larissa Heskett. ;)
    December 9, 2013 - 1:59 pm

    We take a photo every year of my son putting the Christmas star on top of the tree!! This year though he shared that job with his new little brother!! 😉 we also take family pictures and I like to get pictures on Christmas morning with my son wearing a Santa hat and opening his gift left by Santa!! Thanks for sharing and for the chances to win!! Have a Fabulous Week!! 😉

  • Denise Bryant
    December 9, 2013 - 2:49 pm

    I take pics of my daughter and her boyfriend opening gifts every year!

  • Jennifer Scull
    December 9, 2013 - 3:42 pm

    every year, no matter how old our sons get, we take pictures of them coming downstairs to get their first look at the tree Christmas morning. :)

  • Carla Hundley
    December 9, 2013 - 3:51 pm

    I always take a picture of the
    gifts before and after they are
    opened! And all the tree lights
    and ornaments.
    Carla from Utah

  • Jessica D
    December 9, 2013 - 4:04 pm

    We take lots of photos of each holiday tradition but my favorites are of the 4 generations that get together for Christmas. I am so thankful that my daughters have so many great-grandparents to love on them!

  • Lillian Child
    December 9, 2013 - 4:20 pm

    I have my kids and their spouses, and now our 2 grandbabies stand in front of our 10 foot tall tree for an annual photo.

  • Robin Buchholz
    December 9, 2013 - 4:24 pm

    We take photos of us cutting down a fresh Christmas tree and our family photo for Christmas cards every year.

  • Patricia Zukowski
    December 9, 2013 - 4:42 pm

    I try to make a Christmas Album every year of photos taken at our house on Christmas– it is so nice to look back and see the difference a year makes in our grandchildren. I can go back many years that way.An odd year I have missed if there was something that did allow me the time to make one.

  • Caryn S. (Scrapnsing)
    December 9, 2013 - 5:09 pm

    Gotta have pictures with Saint Nicholas at our church, and pictures with Santa at the annual Saint Andrew’s Christmas party (with tartan and piper!). Then of course it’s pictures of the kids in front of the manger scene at the Christmas Eve Mass.

  • April W
    December 9, 2013 - 5:43 pm

    I always take a picture of the tree with everything under it right before we go to bed on Christmas Eve. It always looks so empty the next night so it’s a nice reminder of how blessed we are!
    – April W

  • Carrie Pangborn
    December 9, 2013 - 6:06 pm

    We have a lot, like the house all decorated, x-mas morning all the events leading up to x-mas. But my hubby and I always take one in front of the tree every year.

  • Melissa Carlin
    December 9, 2013 - 6:18 pm

    We take a picture of our “Elf on the Shelf”. His name is Mortimer : )

  • Carol Douglass
    December 9, 2013 - 6:26 pm

    We started doing a Christmas photo scavenger hunt, so lots of pictures of crazy antics.

  • Bethany Becker
    December 9, 2013 - 6:32 pm

    We always take family photos in front of the tree.

  • Lynda
    December 9, 2013 - 6:52 pm

    One of my yearly photo traditions is the sparkling Christmas tree!

  • Pam Ellis
    December 9, 2013 - 7:00 pm

    Aside from the obvious family photo, I shoot pictures of our tree as each year it’s unique experience decorating it and the outcome is always beautiful.

  • Lee-Anne Thornton
    December 9, 2013 - 8:22 pm

    We take photos of the family, the pets, the tree, the outdoor lights and the ornaments.

  • Jenell S
    December 9, 2013 - 8:24 pm

    The photo tradition I keep every year is taking my family’s photo in front of the tree. Now we have grown and I take my children and each of their families in front of their trees. Thanks for the opportunity to win! And thanks for the freebie.

  • Carrie Purkis
    December 9, 2013 - 9:35 pm

    Every year we have taken a Sunday before Christmas photo. As the kids are away from home, college and marriages, we have now started doing it Christmas afternoon. It’s fun to look back on a photo from the same time each year, sometimes in the same location.

  • Tammy Luiz
    December 9, 2013 - 10:04 pm

    Every year I take a 1st day of school photo with my daughter and I as we both head to school.

  • vikki
    December 9, 2013 - 10:08 pm

    I take a picture of the tree every year. Sometimes its amazing how different they look, and other years they look so similar.

  • Cynthia B.
    December 9, 2013 - 10:46 pm

    I try to take a photo of each of my kids with the Xmas gifts they got. I have a preteen and a teenager this year, and I must say it’s a lot harder to get them to pose than it used to be! (except for selfies 😉 )

  • Pam D.
    December 9, 2013 - 11:00 pm

    Cookies we leave for Santa !

  • Lynn Shokoples
    December 9, 2013 - 11:22 pm

    I loved the layout. The layering is fabulous and the photo is just too precious. Our tradition is we all put on our Santa hats Christmas morning,run and sit under the tree in our pyjamas and take our holiday photo! The kids are adults now, but we still do this every Christmas morning!

  • Lisa M
    December 9, 2013 - 11:33 pm

    It’s just me and hubby and I normally have to work on Christmas (police dept), so I don’t get a chance to take many photos. But I have some treasured ones from my childhood that I’ve been scrapping as time permits. So much fun to look back!

  • Dorina D
    December 10, 2013 - 12:35 am

    Carrying on a long time tradition, I do Christmas Breakfast photos of everyone who attends our Annual Christmas Breakfast. We have anywhere from 30-50 neighbors, friends and family who come for waffles , link sausages, strawberries and whipcream every year and are on our 4th generation of attendees. My family has been providing breakfast this since the late 1950’s . We have a hand bound guest book for our visitors to sign and then we add their Christmas Picture to the book. We also have a Christmas scrapbook showing Christmas breakfast guests from the 1950’s through 2010.

  • Lindy
    December 10, 2013 - 1:04 am

    Christin’s layout is absolutely beautiful! I try to get a photo of all the gathered family at each holiday celebration.

  • Lisa L. ( Lisa's Creative Niche)
    December 10, 2013 - 6:07 am

    I love taking pictures of the kids helping decorate the tree, and when we are baking cookies together… Santa’s lap pictures are of course a must and now I take pictures of our elves on the shelf!

  • Cristina
    December 10, 2013 - 6:59 am

    A picture of us in front of the tree on Christmas Day! :) Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Monica Blain
    December 10, 2013 - 7:04 am

    Nothing unusual – the decorated tree, Christmas cookies, the presents all wrapped up, and a group shot of the family. Sometimes I make my 4 lb. Chihuahua wear a Christmas sweater and pose for a picture!

    December 10, 2013 - 7:07 am

    Family photo. Elf on the Shelf, tree, ornaments, food, ect. for my December Daily.

  • Kailash
    December 10, 2013 - 7:10 am

    We love taking a family picture all dressed up in our fancy clothes after our church service:-)

  • Laura G.Turcotte
    December 10, 2013 - 7:13 am

    Gorgeous layout! I always , always take a picture of the tree decorating process. Over the years, the kids have taken over, and I am taking pictures…I love it!

  • Janet Cobb
    December 10, 2013 - 7:27 am

    I always take photos of the decorated trees. Since my husband passed away in 2011 from brain cancer, I now decorate a 4 ft. tree with just our cancer awareness ornaments and the one with his photo in it, in addition to our big tree.

  • Glenna Anderson
    December 10, 2013 - 7:39 am

    We always have family pictures made this time of year to send out with our Christmas cards.

  • Kim M
    December 10, 2013 - 8:22 am

    I always do a fall photo shoot every year with my girls. It has to be in the woods or at least have the woods in the background. Then I use those pics for my Christmas cards.

  • Penny Douphinett
    December 10, 2013 - 8:43 am

    The kids are adults now, but we still take a photo of them sitting on the couch with their stocking in their laps. We can never seem to get all 6 of them at once though, so that scrap page has multiple photos.

  • Ange
    December 10, 2013 - 10:09 am

    Beautiful layout! The layers are amazing.

    Every year I get photos of the stockings stuffed and the tree loaded with presents and of course the chaos of unwrapping. Before the actual day the photos can very but we generally get some decorating and Santa photos too.

  • Laura Bohall
    December 10, 2013 - 10:43 am

    we love to try and get a great shot of the kids and pets every year. It is fun trying to get everyone to look in the direction of the camera LOL!! Beautiful layout-can’t wait to give it a try!

  • Monica Coffman
    December 10, 2013 - 10:51 am

    Beautiful layout and printables! I take pictures of everything every year…stockings, tree, presents, santa cookies, christmas eve pj’s, decorations. Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Kelly Humby-Tulk
    December 10, 2013 - 11:51 am

    Photo of all of us by the tree on christmas morning.

  • Janis in ID
    December 10, 2013 - 12:12 pm

    Hanging my head in shame because I am not a good photo-taker. Do good intentions count???? :) I always mean to take lots of shots, but forget…and only end up with a few group ones.

    Thanks for the chance to win this terrific prize!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  • Kelly Ousley
    December 10, 2013 - 12:40 pm

    The tree and presents for sure and everyone opening…

  • Michelle Price
    December 10, 2013 - 1:56 pm

    Such a gorgeous layout! I always snap a picture of the kids coming down the stairs in the morning!

  • Loly Borda
    December 10, 2013 - 2:39 pm

    II Take a pic of the finished tree with presents. TFS

  • Traci Severson
    December 10, 2013 - 7:21 pm

    Our tradition is pizza on Christmas Eve and then the kids opening just one gift to tide them over until the morning festivities.

  • Jennyfer L
    December 10, 2013 - 7:43 pm

    Pictures with Santa!!! Been doing it for the past 25 years!

  • Cele Schaffer
    December 10, 2013 - 8:40 pm

    A picture of my son and daughter in front of the tree goes into each Christmas card every year!

  • Kathy Griffith
    December 10, 2013 - 9:25 pm

    Photo traditions that we keep are to try to get the whole family together during the holidays for a big family pic. If only our family is available, then we use the one for the christmas card the next year.

  • Melinda Wilson
    December 10, 2013 - 10:11 pm

    I always take pictures of our sons in front of the Christmas tree.

  • melissa rhodes
    December 11, 2013 - 12:28 am

    WE take a photo just for a Christmas cards!

  • andrea (Ladyofthelake)
    December 11, 2013 - 1:45 am

    No real tradition, per se, depends where we are and when we’re celebrating. We just take lots of photos.

  • Michelle Mac
    December 11, 2013 - 2:31 am

    Love the layout!

    I take a photo of my daughter each year with santa for my ‘On Santa’s knee’ mini album. This year she said ‘Mum, I’m 10 years old now – don’t you think that’s too old for a santa photo!’, but she’s agreed to do it for me anyway.

  • Loydene
    December 11, 2013 - 7:24 am

    There are two — my DS in front of the decorated tree with gift wrapped packages behind and around him and hanging his stocking on Christmas Eve. Very traditional!!

  • Ruby H
    December 11, 2013 - 7:50 am

    I always have a family pic in front of my tree !

  • Tracey McNeely
    December 11, 2013 - 8:01 am

    A tradition in our family every year is grabbing hot chocolate, driving to a town not far from us that has the most incredible Christmas lights you have ever seen on all of the big houses!

  • Maribel
    December 11, 2013 - 11:06 am

    I take pictures every year of the kids by the Christmas tree!

  • Roberta
    December 11, 2013 - 11:33 am

    We take a pic of the family in front of the Christmas Tree.

  • Niki Willaert
    December 11, 2013 - 12:31 pm

    Such a gorgeous layout!
    We always take a picture by the Christmas tree and pictures of our Elf and his antics !

  • Aleksandra Gadji
    December 11, 2013 - 1:23 pm

    Beautiful layout!! Thank you so much for sharing, Christin!
    I don’t think we have any photo traditions. Maybe we should start having them :-)

    Thanks a bunch for the printables!

  • Carlena
    December 11, 2013 - 1:47 pm

    we get a picture of all the kids and dogs in front of the tree. Now I get to add granddaughter to the mix.

  • Jessica
    December 11, 2013 - 2:02 pm

    I bake a treat with my kids on Christmas Eve!

  • shartl
    December 11, 2013 - 2:43 pm

    Oh, I am loving all the beautiful projects for Christmas and the free printables! Our photo traditions always include a visit to Santa at the Mall of course!

  • Jennifer Reynard
    December 11, 2013 - 6:36 pm

    Much to my teenager’s protests, I attempt to take pictures in September, for back
    to school photos, then we again attempt to do a family photo at Christmas by
    balancing my camera on a stack of boxes and get a timed shot! I really think
    I should just break down and have a photographer take our family photo at some time!!LOL
    Also, take a picture of our Christmas tree, be it a Charlie Brown tree, or something
    pretty nifty!
    Thanks for the chance to win this incredible prize package and I will be downloading
    the free page layout instructions…..of course it would be much easier if you could
    just mail me the layout…just sayin’,,,, LOL
    Have a great Christmas!! :)

  • Cathy Homan
    December 11, 2013 - 6:39 pm

    I take pictures of all the grandkids. I try to get family picture of each group too.

  • Helen
    December 11, 2013 - 6:43 pm

    We always take a photo of the 3 kids in front of the tree on Christmas Eve. I also always take a photo of all of the family stockings..including the ones for the pets! :-)

  • Pascale Laroche
    December 11, 2013 - 6:44 pm

    Photo de famille, et photos des décorations de Noël!

  • Marilyn Brown
    December 11, 2013 - 6:47 pm

    We read the scripture of the birth every year. We give gifts, too. My favorites are those made from their heart. We never give expensive gifts…that puts a burden on those that don’t have money. It is about the heart!

  • Allison Pauls
    December 11, 2013 - 6:52 pm

    We buy a dated Christmas ornament each year from our favourite craft sale in November, and put it on the tree when we put it up on December 1st, front and center, and take our photo with us beside the year dated ornament. The kids get to pick the ornament out each year, and as we decorate the tree they say “I picked that one”, or as kids will be kids, “I hate that one”.

  • Shirl Boughner
    December 11, 2013 - 7:04 pm

    well normally it’s a pic in front of the tree of our dogs and my brother but this is the first year we haven’t put up our tree. Our beautiful tree with over 1,000 lights on it was just to be for our condo so I gave it to a friend who will cherish it along with almost all the ornaments. Kept a few for the memories. We have our other decorations out but it’s not the same.

  • Lynn Darda
    December 11, 2013 - 7:05 pm

    Christmas Eve pizza…from the preparation, making homemade sauce and crust, to the dinner table. It has been my favorite tradition since the kids were old enough to make the pizza.

  • Kimberly Akenuwa
    December 11, 2013 - 7:08 pm

    I take a picture of my sister taking a picture of me taking the picture of her.

  • Cara Feeney
    December 11, 2013 - 7:20 pm

    I always take a picture of my husband when he is annoyed on Christmas morning.

  • Tanya P.
    December 11, 2013 - 7:55 pm

    We get a picture with all of the grandchildren.

  • Pam Sohan
    December 11, 2013 - 7:57 pm

    I take pictures of the way the house is decorated inside and out. And a few pictures of the changing leaves on the trees. Fall comes late to South Texas, the trees dress up for Christmas.

  • Vanessa Babin
    December 11, 2013 - 8:02 pm

    I take a picture of my tree with all the presents under it on Christmas Eve. I also take a picture of my Dad’s Charlie Brown tree every year. its fun to see how different the tree is each year!

  • Paddy Lawton
    December 11, 2013 - 8:08 pm

    Every year we take a picture of the kids on the stairs when they wake up on Christmas morning.

  • Brenda Lubrant
    December 11, 2013 - 8:08 pm

    we always take a picture of our tree full of presents before everyone opens them up.

  • Paddy Lawton
    December 11, 2013 - 8:10 pm

    Every year we take a Christmas Eve picture with their new PJ’s & in the morning on the stairs before they open their presents.

  • germaine
    December 11, 2013 - 8:17 pm

    Christmas tree and our little family.

  • KellyG
    December 11, 2013 - 8:29 pm

    Christmas tree with presents and family before they are all unwrapped!

  • annette cefalu
    December 11, 2013 - 8:45 pm

    Getting a family photo in front of the Christmas tree! I try so very hard and it rarely happens! Actually, I’ll just take the photo of the family!

  • Lynda
    December 11, 2013 - 8:48 pm

    we always take a picture of the chopping down the tree scene…some years better than others; like the year it was pouring down rain…

  • Patricia
    December 11, 2013 - 9:11 pm

    we love the generation pics around the holidays, and every year I make scrapbooks. There will be lots of memories for everyone when I’m gone, esp for the great-grandchildren.

  • Denise Key
    December 11, 2013 - 9:27 pm

    Family group photo in front of Christmas Tree! We do this every year and every family gets a copy. Thanks for this chance to win such a beautiful pink paislee!

  • Helen Pelzer-Lane
    December 11, 2013 - 10:23 pm

    Having disposable cameras sitting around our home for anyone to pick up at any time and take the surprise/impromptu photo — they’re priceless.

  • Bernice Pierre
    December 11, 2013 - 11:14 pm

    I always take family photos at Christmas dinner and I never fail to get a picture of my cats lounging under the Christmas tree.

  • Laurie Kearnes
    December 12, 2013 - 1:11 am

    We take most of our pictures on Christmas Eve – we have a big extended family party, and everyone is dressed up nice – so we take a group photo.

  • Ruth
    December 12, 2013 - 1:52 am

    Take a photo of the tree after Santa has arrived :)

  • mandysea
    December 12, 2013 - 6:28 am

    absolutely fabulous layering in the LO… love the misted stencilling too!

    Decorating the tree is a biggy here along with unwrapping presents on Christmas day…. AND a big photo shoot on boxing day with the grandparents and grandchildren..

  • Carmelita Shea
    December 12, 2013 - 7:50 am

    Always the Christmas Tree……………and scrapbook the photo each year.

  • Cathy Miller
    December 12, 2013 - 8:38 am

    we try to always take a picture of the Christmas tree. If we can get the kids in front of it, even better.

  • Gina
    December 12, 2013 - 8:49 am

    We take a family photo in front of the tree. It’s fun to see how we’ve changed over the years!

  • Caroline Hoevenaars
    December 12, 2013 - 8:55 am

    I always take pictures of my dogs in their animal santa suits.

  • Cathy van Vollenstee
    December 12, 2013 - 10:00 am

    I don’t only want this I “need” it! Since my precious grandson was born I never have enough Christmas goodies for all the layouts I must do! I am a totally snap happy granny and can never throw away any photos!

  • Mel H
    December 12, 2013 - 11:14 am

    A photo of the tree with all the packages…pre-unwrapping destruction. I think it’s always so pretty.

  • Jeanine Wright
    December 12, 2013 - 11:45 am

    We try to take a picture of decorating the tree and a group family shot when we all get together.

  • Margie Visnick
    December 12, 2013 - 3:01 pm

    Gorgeous layout and freebie! I like to take a photo of my kids for our card each year!

  • rita timmons
    December 12, 2013 - 8:34 pm

    I always take a photo of my two boys in front of the Christmas tree to make Christmas cards. And there is always the required Family photo in front of the try on Christmas eve before presents can be opened.

  • sophie
    December 13, 2013 - 12:20 am

    We take photos everyday to finish my december daily!!!

  • Barb Housner
    December 13, 2013 - 10:36 am

    I always forget to take pictures.

    Barb Housner

  • Becky J
    December 13, 2013 - 10:53 am

    I always get the extended family gathered in my parents’ living room on Christmas Eve…we are all looking older :)

  • Debbie Siddle
    December 13, 2013 - 12:27 pm

    I picture all the couples in the family.

  • Krystal
    December 13, 2013 - 1:45 pm

    The kids get to open new Christmas pajamas on Christmas Eve and we always take a photo of them in front of the tree before they head to bed. It’s great to see how they grow each year!

  • tammy b
    December 14, 2013 - 9:57 am

    our 3 girls decorate the tree, but can only put the ornaments as high as they can reach….no standing on anything!

  • Trish
    December 14, 2013 - 7:23 pm

    Thank you for this wonderful printable. I will enjoy using it! Our family traditions seem to change every year, but the cookie making always shows up year after year,chocolate mint sandwich cookies are our favorite.

  • Mary Thomas
    December 15, 2013 - 3:38 pm

    Every year I buy crazy Christmas costumes for my furbabies – santa hats, reindeer ears, angel, etc! This year, no one would cooperate and one cat had to be Photoshopped in. A bit of a Diva she is!

  • karenladd
    December 16, 2013 - 5:09 pm

    We are always sure to take a family photo in front of the tree on Christmas day and at the table when it is laden with Christmas dinner

  • LinhC
    December 18, 2013 - 10:11 am

    We get new photos taken of the kids and use them as our Christmas cards.

  • Lucy
    December 19, 2013 - 1:29 am

    A darling layout thank you for sharing it with us xx

  • Val
    December 19, 2013 - 6:24 am

    I love to take photos especially during Christmas. The one I love the most is a photo of our family in front of the tree.

  • Debbie Fisher
    December 19, 2013 - 8:37 pm

    What a beautiful LO! Each year we take pics of all our families. I have 4 brothers.

  • Linda Dreiling
    December 20, 2013 - 5:14 am

    I always take a picture of our tree and then our daughter.

  • Donna M.
    December 20, 2013 - 7:23 am

    Love to get a pic of the entire family- it’s large, so ’tis a challenge to get everyone in the picture! We usually see some funny expressions…

  • Lea Sorley
    December 20, 2013 - 1:30 pm

    My most precious photo tradition is one we do each summer since our daughter was born and it’s of her and her dad walking toward the beach hand in hand. She is eight now and it’s so fun to see how tall she is getting and to look at the progression of each year. I will continue this until she gets married so I can have a slide show of all these pictures of her and her dad walking hand in hand and I want the last one to be of them walking down the aisle when she gets married.

  • Tammy Lever
    December 20, 2013 - 2:28 pm

    this is stunning! I love all your layers. We usually get a photo of our son with Santa each year and this is the first year that I am doing a December daily as well, so I’m collecting a lot of just every day pictures as well.

  • Melinda
    December 20, 2013 - 10:32 pm

    Photos with the big man in red of course :)
    I saw a post on FB the other day of 2 brothers that did just that for 34 years and asked my oldest son (nearly 4) if he and his brother could do that for me and he thought about it and said Yes Mumma. And baby wants to too, bless him 😀