Team Kennett takes Christmas cards quite seriously. Always have, always will. It hit me over the summer that with Crosby’s due date being December 3rd, there was no way I could possibly lose all of my baby weight, take family photos, and have cards designed, produced and in the mail in time for her to be a part of our Christmas card. So I decided our card would just have to include Chip, Joe and me, but professional pregnancy photos kind of creep me out, and there was no way of hiding the fact I was wicked pregnant. So, me being me with my warped sense of humor, I finally landed on the idea that our card needed to poke fun at my belly.
Again, searching for that piece of inspiration, it hit me one day when my iPod was on shuffle and Robert Earl Keene’s “Merry Christmas from the Family” came on: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P37xPiRz1sg Chip, sharing my same sense of humor, LOVED the idea of our Christmas card photo being a play on Robert Earl’s holiday favorite, and it all went downhill from there.
We discussed props and outfits for a solid four to five months in preparation. We just needed to find the proper photographer. You know, someone who would really get into this with us and appreciate what we were doing. I think we took this decision more seriously than we would finding the right surrogate to carry our child. We invited Ginny and Clete Johnson over to dinner one night and after the perfect amount of bourbon and wine had been consumed, we asked them if they would do us the honor of shooting our Christmas card picture. After they stopped laughing, they said they were in, so we scheduled a date and time for the magic to occur.
A week later, we received Chip’s diagnosis. The following morning Chip said, “We can still do our Christmas card, right?” Well, hell yeah we can!! I so loved where his head was and besides, we ain’t right.