This time of year is a perfect time to capture all of those feel-good moments with family and friends. When you put aside all the frantic present buying and look around at the people celebrating this time of the year with you, it's the best. You will probably catch up with relatives you haven't seen since last Christmas and there will be lots of stories to be shared.
Remember to get the camera out and capture these moments. 'Tis the season for surprises and capturing this has never been easier with most phones containing camera's these days. Getting a picture of a child's face when they rip open their gifts is priceless. Make sure you try and capture the anticipation on their faces, their curiosity and excitement of what's inside. Kids loose this kind of reaction as they get older (trying to be all "cool" about presents). Get down on their level to really get the best shots. Encourage the kids to take photos too. They will see the day very differently to you so there will be a totally different perspective on things.
Gather all the family together for a group shot, because you never know when this chance will come along again. As members of the family age you will be faced with the question of "will this be Granny's last Christmas?" Making it even more crucial to capture the get-togethers.
Then there is the food! As always the food is plentiful at these gatherings and you will no doubt find a new recipe or two to try. Collecting recipes from everyone is all part of the fun. Take a few pics to remind you later to make these new found delights. Just getting pictures of everyone congregating in the kitchen is priceless, as this is where all the action happens. Last Christmas we managed to set our BBQ on fire while cooking a whole Salmon. I didn't manage a photo of this as I was busy trying to put out the fire! But everyone else was standing around filming it! It will go down in history as the Christmas we melted the BBQ!
After the Chrissy lunch, tummies are full, the board games come out and there is always a relative that slopes off for a "Nanna Nap" behind the lounge. Make sure you get a snap of that, and remind them they got out of doing the washing up!
Before the day is long forgotten make sure you print your photos or even better still put them into a book. Leaving them on your device is too risky, you may loose all those precious memories if something goes wrong with it. You will find there will be quite a collection of photos by the end of the day. Ones that are full of happy, a little messy and lots of love. Include both the good and bad images, finding beauty in some of the blurry images or heads chopped off, is all part of the story.
Capturing those precious moments; meals shared, laughter and the act of togetherness that make up this special season. Merry Christmas to you all.