One year I thought of doing dd hanging in a stocking, but did her "coming out" of a gift box instead...then I dressed her in holiday pj;s and had her looking up the chimeny with a boot hanging down and cookies half eaten as if Santa had just left...the next year I dressed her as a reindeer...this year I have 2 and am not sure what I'm doing...
I saw an article last year in (I think) Martha Stewart's Living mag that had a lot of cute ideas. Maybe your library would have the back issue for Nov/Dec? One that I remember was that they had all the family members sitting/kneeling/standing/standing on something so they were in a line each holding a wrapped present w/ words printed on them to spell out "Merry Christmas from the X's" or similar. Really, I think I'm going to have to go to the library and get that because I remember seeing some of the ideas and thinking how creative and cute they were.
I saw a cute idea a couple of years ago. The child was photographed holding the hand of someone in a Santa suit, but the focus was on the child and you could only see the gloved hand and sleeve and a bit of Santa's belly and leg. Just enough to let you know it was Santa-so the child was the focus.
The tangled in Christmas lights is particularly pretty if you have a good camera that can take sharp low-light pictures. Turn off the lights and let the glow of the Christmas lights illuminate the child's face.
Last year, DD was 3 months old. We put her in herChristmas dress, and draped a white blanket over carseat. We put her in it in front of the tree with the lights on. She had a little Santa hat, too. I tried to get one of her smiling, and my best shot ended up being her with drool all over her chin, little bubbles, the works. So, I put the words "I'm Drooling of a White Christmas" in the space over her right shoulder and we sent that out. It ended up really cute, and we got lots of compliments on it.
I also tried getting picturesof her wrapped up in Christmas tree lights, but she was just too little to really play with thm or look at them in wonder.
I think this year, I'm going to cut out the word J-O-Y from heavy white cardstock and put her in her (a yet unpurchased) Christmas dress on a black background and have three photos of her side by side, each with one of the letters spelling out joy.
oooh, these are awesome ideas! i'm going to try the christmas lights one this year.
last year, i had randomly taken an absolutely adorable picture of dd wearing a colorful fuzzy winter hat, so we ended up using that as our holiday card photo. we had so many people tell us how cute it was.
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