Magical Opportunities to Grab Your Camera and Capture Holiday Memories Even Before Christmas

It’s that magical time of year again! Yes, the holiday season has come quickly and is in full swing. Cameras are everywhere, waiting to capture the memories of Christmas.

The mall photo shops are crammed full with people waiting to get that perfect shot of their little angel in their Christmas best. The line for Santa at every mall is wrapped a mile long with children eager to sit on Santa’s lap and tell him what they want for Christmas, and parents who just want that adorable yearly photograph of their child with Santa.

However, many parents forget some of the other photo opportunities that happen only at this time of year. These are the photos that will evoke Christmas memories for years to come. But mostly these are the photos that will preserve your family traditions, hopefully for generations to come. Here is a quick list of some holiday traditions you should grab your camera for, and a few new ideas you might wish to incorporate!

Before Christmas Eve

Sometimes we forget to capture the experiences and celebrations that happen prior to the actual event. Don’t forget your camera, and try a few of these ideas. Begin by considering a new tradition for your family this year. And then just follow the other suggestions.

New Tradition: The 12 days of Christmas – plan something special for EACH day of the 12 days of Christmas (i.e. looking at Christmas lights, baking cookies, watching a special holiday movie, leaving cookies for Santa, etc) – take a photo each day and then create a wonderful scrapbook page commemorating those special times!

  • Picking out the Christmas Tree
  • Decorating the Christmas Tree
  • The Finished Tree
  • Decked Halls (take photos of the foyer, staircase, front door, anywhere you’ve decorated)
  • Handmade crafts, gifts or decorations
  • Church Decorations
  • Church Programs
  • Christmas Pageants, or School Programs
  • Children in their Christmas outfits
  • Baking Cookies
  • Children’s artwork
  • Holiday Parties at school
  • Stocking hung in a row
  • Christmas Parties attended or any get-togethers (ie. cookie making party, ornament exchanges, etc.)
  • Letters to Santa/Christmas Wish Lists

Just keep your mind open to the possibilities of what you can capture this holiday season. Tomorrow I will share some awesome ideas for a magical Christmas Eve.