After setting up the camera, Dad (my nephew Joseph)
runs to take his place in the crowd shot.
This year, it numbered about twenty-eight people
who had gathered for a Thanksgiving meal
at a sister-in-law's barn.
This began as a casual idea by my
sis-in-law Fran for a photo Christmas card,
so long ago I don't remember the first one.
Everyone, from adults, to children,
to various fur persons,
puts on a silly Christmas hat, chosen
from a large collection of chapeaus
and headbands. The picture above shows
some of my grandnieces
(Audrey, Maggie, and Savannah) choosing
their headgear while, below,
the wife of another nephew washes frosting
and crumbs from her daughter's face.
Another grandniece, Tallulah, at age four
shows a creative fashion sense, selecting two
pieces of headgear for her photo,
a Santa hat topped by glittery garland
pom-poms. It made her resemble
a sort of Yuletide version of a Skye Terrier,
one of which recently won Best-In-Show
at the National Dog Show.