Christmas morning. When there are children in the house, there are few moments more special than watching the chaos ensue from the mad rush to find out what Santa brought, and what other presents there are to be had.
Congratulations to those of you celebrating your first Christmas with your first child. You have, at most, two more calm Christmas mornings left before you have your own house of chaos. The frenzy starts to kick in with the 4-5 year olds. At that age, they know about Santa Claus, they know what's supposed to be in store for them, and they have very high expectations. Even if you manage to get them to sleep at a reasonable time, they will arise at a totally unreasonable time, full of energy, and expect you to be energetic too.
A couple of hours into the fracas, it will dawn on you that you should be taking pictures of the kids enjoying these moments. These are prime family photo opportunities. Take full advantage of them. Make sure your camera is at hand when they start opening presents. Forget your cell phone camera. We're talking real cameras for these photos. I don't care how many megapixels your cell phone is capable of, or how convenient it is. Your phone is no match for your camera when it comes to image quality.
You want to use your camera because you will want to print these and send them to relatives, especially those that older ones that could care less about technology. Most of them still want an actual photograph. You'll also want to use some of these images for your holiday cards next year. Let's also not forget the pleasure and satisfaction you'll get from showing these images to your teenage or college child's friends when they get much older.
Whatever the reason or eventual use, these are cherished moments in your family's history. They will be treasured for years to come.