Thank you to all our friends and family who shared their creative card ideas with us this year. We have a treasury of ideas for future Christmases! Believe me, there are some serious contenders—from riding camels, to zip lining, to Evel Knievel inspired stunts! Just wait till next year.
We settled on an idea we’ve been mulling over the last few years. Steve loves movie posters, and I love Christmas movies—White Christmas, It’s a Wonderful Life, The Family Stone (seriously), and of course, Christmas Vacation. Bella and Sawyer loved the idea and harnessed their inner Audrey and Rusty to play their parts flawlessly. Bella is not really a snarky pre-teen, and Sawyer wants all to know this is not his real smile—clearly, they were acting.
As for Steve, although he’s oblivious to it, he is, always has been, and always will be our very own Clark Griswold. There’s never a task too big for him to take on. He will climb a tree with a chainsaw in hand if it looks like it needs pruning. He will hang from a rooftop to get the best angle for a photo. He will search for, and find, the most death-defying sledding hill around and then race the kids so he can try it first. His childlike enthusiasm, eternal optimism and boundless energy will ultimately convince you too it’s a good idea—whatever it is.
Although this particular Christmas card did not require a large production, it did bring us together in what has become an Exum family tradition, along with Christmas PJs, Christmas Eve services at Holy Comforter, feeding reindeer, and getting together with friends and family.
The shoot was without its challenges. But after 150 takes or so when Bella and Sawyer are coming undone and I just want to throw up my hands and say, “can’t we just take a photo in front of the tree?”, we see the spark in Steve’s eyes. Once again, he convinces us that we can do it, and it will be the best Christmas card ever!
May the spirit of Christmas and cherished memories of Christmases past fill you with joy and light throughout the coming year!
Molly, Steve, Bella and Sawyer
PS. No actual photographers were harmed in the making of this Christmas card.
Christmas card credits are as follows ...
STEVE EXUM director, photographer, as Clark Griswald, Molly Exum, story author as Ellen Griswald, Bella Exum as Audrey, and Sawyer Exum as Rusty
Griffin Davis, photographer, Adam Sikora, photoshop guru, Rob McDorman, graphic designer, Elizabeth Hensley, stylist,
Inspired by National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,