Several years ago, I was trying to get my boys to sit in front of the Christmas tree and smile for the traditional Christmas card picture. I might as well have asked them to fly to the moon! Out of frustration, I tossed a set of colored lights in their lap and asked them to count the pink lights. The resulting picture has been a favorite with my family and friends.
I probably should note that in addition to this being an accident it was taken with a point and shoot camera. Come to think of it ALL of my Christmas card pictures have been taken with point and shoot cameras! Not only that, but if I had realized that Christmas tree lights contain lead or considered the little one trying to eat them , I might have thought twice before tossing the lights over in the first place! Nonetheless, the boys survived this and many other mom-of-the-year moments, and the pressure to create unique Christmas cards grew. Just in case you find yourself in the same predicament, I decided to share a few others that we have done over the years. Feel free to borrow and/or improve on any of the ideas you see, but do so with safety in mind (see safety information below)!
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IMPORTANT: Always put safety first! It is not worth the risk of exposing kids to lead in electrical Christmas lights when there are alternatives like lead-free, battery operated lights (http://www.environmentallights.com/led-christmas-lights/battery-operated-led-christmas-lights.html.rm). Glass bulbs and wires may also present choking or strangulation hazards. For train track pictures, use Photoshop or another photo editing software to create a composite picture. Don't stand on the tracks. Have a safe and Merry Christmas!
Rocky Mount, NC Photographer