I think the fact this post is over a week late is testament to what a great Christmas we had. Two days into 2018 and I’ve finally got round to looking back at some of the photos I took on the day itself which are, like all previous Christmas photos, chaotic, excited and slightly frantic – just like the day itself.
This wasn’t the post I was going to write today but it feels wrong to march into 2018 without a nod to the brilliant way the year ended. Christmas is always such a huge build up and often so full of stress that when things go right there’s not only a massive feeling of satisfaction, but a big old swell of relief too. Or is that just me?
I’m not sure if it’s because Effie is now three and well aware of what’s going on, but Christmas felt that extra bit special this year. She understood the traditions and Freya’s enthusiasm helped her buy into every ounce of magic on offer.
We had a few festive days out in the run-up to the big day which I deliberately didn’t photograph or film. I wanted to really live in the moment and enjoy it all this year rather than feel I needed to capture every second. I did film a raw video of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day for the first time ever though, although “raw” is the optimum word here. I didn’t have time to faff around with camera angles or think about cutaways but I think it’s all the more charming because of that – it really captures the essence of the day (that started with a wake-up call at 2.45am – deep joy).
The day went by in a blur of tiredness, present opening and prosecco. Some of my favourite shots here are the least flattering ones. The early morning stocking opening (we’d been woken by the girls at 2.45am, 3.15am, 4.30am, 5.20am and eventually gave in at 6am letting the day begin) knackered faces, the blurred hands ripping paper. But my favourite, the annual family timer Christmas dinner shot which, this year, featured my husband pulling the least flattering face ever while clutching onto a very classy can of cider. I can’t help but laugh.
Here’s our Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in photos:
Happy new year! Did you have a good one?