I was looking through a file of old Christmas cards recently and came upon these photos taken over the years for the family’s holiday greeting card. These views of Christmas past are a stroll down memory lane. The oldest card I found goes back to 1962. Before that I just sent a Christmas letter to family and friends.
The gathering for the “dreaded Christmas card photo”—as my kids referred to the annual family portraiture—was an event that required them to show up at a specific time with appropriate clothes and attitude. The inclusion of pets and small children helped maintain good humor, but often frustrated the photographer.
I thought it might be fun to put the photos in chronological order, showing how the kids grew, the adults “matured,” and styles changed. It took some time and effort to pull the photos together, but it was a grand stroll down memory lane.
There you have it. More than a half century of family photographs, most of them taken for the annual Christmas card. The picture below, taken in 2013, is our most recent group photo. I think it’s time for a new one.