And I don’t just mean your immediate family but your family in general?

With Christmas fast approaching us here in Sugarbush it struck me this week that this is the first time my family will be celebrating Christmas together in many years.  For the 5 years Jen and I were in Australia, we certainly weren’t here for Christmas.  Before that, we were living in Yellowknife and while I don’t remember the last time we were home at Christmas, I know it was several years before we left for Australia.  So, I suppose, this could be the first time in a DECADE!!!! that we’ve been together for Christmas.

Now, I’m sure my mum will correct me here and remind of the last time we were here for Christmas, but I have no recollection of it, so it must be a while back.  I’m kinda looking forward to it.

We had some great Christmases in Australia, for sure.  While we never experienced the quintessiatlly Australia Christmas scene lolling around on the beach, we certainly enjoyed some serious seafood Christmases.  Remembering the insane gastronomical delights of Griffo’s first Roxby Christmas, just now… So much seafood, I don’t think I’ve ever seen!

Anyway, what’s my point?  Well, this year is pretty special then isn’t it?  Oh, I haven’t mentioned the other bit.  I think my sister’s wedding is probably the last time we were all in a photo together, too, and that was more than just a few years ago – though, as a typical brother I don’t remember just how long ago!)  Right so, you can probably see where I’m headed with this.  My family doesn’t know it yet, so shhhhh… oh rats, mum follows me on twitter so she’ll see the tweet when this gets posted, so I guess the cat’s out of the bag anyway.

Oh right, sorry.  So, yeah.  Family portrait and Christmas together.  Momentous occasion!  This year as we celebrate Christmas we’ll also be celebrating that we are all together again and healthy.  And we will mark that celebration with a family portrait.

I have something pretty special up my sleeve for this portrait, but I don’t want to spoil the surprise but suffice it to say, I think it’s going to be pretty darn cool.

Now, back to my lead-off question.  How often is your family together?  How do you celebrate that?  How often do you mark the occasion with a fabulous portrait?  And here’s a thought, the portraits you have now, are they up-to-date?  Is it something that is always on your to-do list?  Why not make this year the year to get that item stroked off your list?

Oh, and just quietly, Jen and I are around all through Christmas and New Years, so if you’d like us to help you out with a family portrait, just give us a shout and I’m sure we’ll be able to squeeze you in!