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A Fail-Safe Secret For Holiday Card Success


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Sarah Cody

Mommy Minute

9:27 AM EST, November 29, 2012

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"Smile," you shout through gritted teeth...but, you're actually thinking:  "SMILE, DA** IT!"

"You're having FUN," you suggest desperately.  "Look at the FUN you're having!"

Shooting a good holiday card can be a grueling, bang-your-head-against-the-wall activity in December, a time when we moms have eight million things to buy, cook and decorate.

Oftentimes, we get just the right conditions...snow, sunlight, a snuggle in Santa's lap....yet those cute kiddos fail to cooperate.

See above.

But, never fear.  I fancy myself a passionate amateur photographer, with a specialty in capturing kids' best moments. Regardless of this funny sequence courtesy of my youngest son, Ben, I usually get a great picture for my holiday card. Make no mistake, it takes effort.  And, I am about to share the secrets of my success.

First, take your camera...and sit the kids in a gorgeous spot...then, place your husband, mother, friend   -- whoever -- behind you.

Put your camera on the sports setting...so that with one click of the finger, you can fire off about ten shots.

Then, have your companion read a list of new kids' jokes you've printed off the internet....like these.

They can be silly animal questions or even knock-knock jokes.

Here are two of our favorites:

What kind of shoes do mice wear?

Squeakers!

And:

What do you get when you cross a bear with a skunk?

Winnie The P.U.

Your kids will be occupied, engaged, laughing...while you click away (on the sports setting, remember).

I can almost guarantee that you will end up with a happy, natural photo.

Have you taken your picture yet?  Have you ordered your cards?

Many of my "mom peers" buy their photo cards from Minted, Tiny Prints or Shutterfly.

How do you make your creation?

Please, add to the conversation...and share your tips for success.