Christmas is getting dangerously close. So close, that the panic over the chore of present buying has been replaced by a sad resignation that no one will be getting anything very nice this year. For reasons I no longer remember, we have decided to travel to Denmark to have Christmas with my Danish family this year. This has significantly increased the amount of people and children we need to buy presents for while also significantly reducing the amount of time we have to buy presents in. We have actually gone as far as to make a spreadsheet with all their names and ages. One of them is a 15-year-old boy. What on Earth do you buy for a 15-year-old boy? They don’t like anything; there’s no point even trying. We might as well buy him a One Direction duvet set just to enjoy the look of disgust on his face when he opens it.
To complicate things further, we have a total of four sets of grandparents we need to celebrate Christmas with. Luckily, for them at least, the gift situation isn’t as hard as it used to be. For the second year in a row we have a wonderful source of gift material in the form of a small child who can be photographed and stuck on to mugs, wall calendars, ties, whatever…stuff the grandparents will love even more than chocolate and scented candles.
There is just one tiny problem – this year our child acquired the ability to move around. Not only that, but she seems to have developed some very strong opinions about what she wants and what she does NOT want; and what she does NOT want is to sit still and be photographed. They call it the terrible twos but she reached this age the moment she learned to walk. So the idea of taking nice pictures of a happy toddler playing, smiling into the camera and wearing cute hats is nice. But it is just that. An idea. In reality, taking nice pictures of a toddler is completely impossible.
Just take a look at the highlights (lowlights?) of this year’s calendar – representing some of the very best pictures taken in 2014: