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get 43things parents to post a Christmas day picture of their kids to celebrate the magic of the holiday


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Christmas pudding (well profiteroles actually)! 7 years ago

naughtyminx78K's face upon opening....

The new mobile phone we told her she wouldn’t be getting! 7 years ago

naughtyminx78Better late than never...

Little Jimmers opening his stocking presents – he kept putting his hand in and getting really excited when he found ‘nuver one’ inside! 7 years ago

AmyBB25one more picture

Christmas Eve… 8 years ago

KC_CookerGo K-State

This is a picture of Jacob getting the K-State Wildcats football uniform that he wanted “more than anything!” 8 years ago

KC_CookerAnd more...

Here are all three kids…Kelly is loving her new bike! 8 years ago

KC_CookerOur Day

Here’s a photo of Ella enjoying her first Christmas, attempting to eat an ornament. 8 years ago

40MoreYearsAnd another one..

Here are my 2 daughters on Christmas Day, enjoying their new pool toys…a pink lilo and a raft. 8 years ago

40MoreYearsBetter late than never!

I am sorry it has taken me a while to contribute to this, as my Christmas has been spoiled by both myself and my husband having the flu. This photo shows my son on Xmas day with his new dinosaur book that one of his Grandma’s gave him. 8 years ago

shrinkingvioletThe big money winner

gift is the Little Tikes Keyboard. 8 years ago

shrinkingvioletWhat a wonder-filled Christmas!

Sonny had a great time both opening his gifts and playing with them. 8 years ago

AmyBB25a quote I found...

“Were I a philosopher, I should write a philosophy of toys, showing that nothing else in life need to be taken seriously, and that Christmas Day in the company of children is one of the few occasions on which men become entirely alive.”
~Robert Lynd 8 years ago

AmyBB25and Will

This is his favorite thing. The old train set that was his dad’s and uncles’ that we set up around the tree. 8 years ago


She asked for Garfield and of course, she got it (I had to buy it online b/c I couldn’t find any in the stores!) but it wasn’t quite right…damn Santa! But she loves him anyway. He’s small and soft. Never thought Garfield was so loveable myself but she was intent on owning him and was happy to get it… 8 years ago

gruffgoatAnd you thought it would be any different?

We all seemingly have that love hate relationship when receiving clothes as a gift. It’s not an issue when we’re tiny, but as we get older the gifting patterns can wear thin. It’s always socks from your aunt, or a new dress shirt from mom. You know the size and shape of clothing boxes, and anticipate them with dread.

That can change, though, when the wife understands. She takes pleasure in finding cool T-shirts, geeky or hipster.

But when tiny, they’re still fun. Here the chum shows off the new sweater from my mom. Great colors. And I asked him to smile for the picture, too cute. I’d never bothered to ask before now. 8 years ago

gruffgoatRelaxing in his new Tonka

I didn’t think Tonka still made steel trucks, but they do. It’s funny to me that I have fond memories of my own rusting Tonka trucks from childhood. Can you say tetanus.

Anyway, here is the dump truck we had to bring home from my parents house at Thanksgiving. The chum likes to sit in the back and have someone push him about. He also needs help sitting in it; it’s a comical to watch him attempt to sit in it only to have it roll away. 8 years ago

gruffgoatFirst train

Here’s the chum looking over his new train. Though the trains move under their own power, the chum insists on helping them through tunnels. Too cute. 8 years ago

GrammaGHappy 2nd Christmas, Audrey

It was a happy and wonderful day in our household:) 8 years ago

Waterfall NymphLook!

The chum has many things to say about the trains Santa brought. When he first saw it, circling its track in the darkness of the wee small hours, he said, “Twain! In a tunnel! In a tunnel! Up a hill! Gonna push it.” and he did because it had started to slow way way down as it crested the hill.

The reality of the picture situation is, though, that the husband has all the good pictures – I mostly shoot 30 second videos – and I’m being kind and not posting his pictures since he has this goal and all too. 8 years ago

SessygailThe Joy of a Child's Face

Okay, she’s a teenager and, really, joy doesn’t begin to describe what she expressed and, oh, if this picture had sound, well, you would think you had opened a “howler” from one of the owls in Harry Potter! What could inspire such ecstasy in a teenager? A new camera phone with the previously-forbidden text messaging? 8 years ago

SessygailFunky Galoshes

We gave my niece (a junior in college) “funky galoshes” this year and she was quite thrilled. This photo captures just some of the merriment of our day! 8 years ago

daydreamingmomChristmas Day

Look how incredibly cute they are. I wonder whn they will no longer let me dress them alike… 8 years ago

little_terryMurphy's law

The camera has a definite sense of timing. I came down early to replace the batteries and set it up to be ready to photo Q. It told me immediately that the recharged batteries were low. Huh. I put the old ones back in. Fine. I type in the date. Fine. Then it told me my chip needed to be initialized. The same chip I’ve always used. The computer has had a hard time seeing it lately, and I realized that the camera had chosen Christmas morning to bite the dust.

I called my mil and asked her to bring her (regular/non digital) camera. I’ll have photos, but none to post. ah well. 8 years ago

daydreamingmomLast night's festvities...more

And here is N wearing C’s sesame street tool belt…

Why do they want to play with the other’s toys? 8 years ago

daydreamingmomLast night's festvities

Day one of our celebartions. We have two more to go :)

this is C playing with N’s gift. A bit out of his age group… 8 years ago

naughtyminx78All ready for the nursery Christmas party!

....and he got to be Father Christmas’s helper and hand out the pressies to his nursery buddies! 8 years ago

daydreamingmomLast Year

All dressed up for Christmas Eve candle light service… 8 years ago

Waterfall NymphLast year - the chum's first Christmas

The chum discovers that Santa has brought him a rocking snail. 8 years ago


Here’s Sonny, Christmas 2005. He wasn’t very interested in unwrapping and pretty much consistently had this look on his face all morning. I anticiapte a different responce this year. 8 years ago


okay, here it is 8 years ago

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