I think that reality TV producers have missed an idea. The HOLIDAY PHOTO SHOOT. The concept is simple...family cleans up, attempts Christmas photo, disaster ensues. Typecasting wouldn't be an issue because family dynamics usually take care of that.
All I know is that last weekend, out of equal parts desperation and delusion, we grabbed our tripod and camera, set the timer, and hoped for the best. Once again, our Christmas card may deceive you, but 41/42 pictures taken involved 3 happy campers and 1 frowning, crying, or just up and left the picture, Lily. Bless her heart. Oh, there was the large dog off his leash that attacked the children and ran off with our bag as his owner screamed and chased him down, and there was the occasional hiker that showed up in the background of our pictures. The children had their own idea of what would make a good Christmas card, it involved climbing a large dirt hill and jumping off. There was ONE picture where Lily appears amused. (see below)
But it didn't make the final cut because during THIS photo, a strange lady walking by decided that we needed some help and came to "entertain" the children while the camera timer ticked away. Kids are laughing at the crazy lady, but mom and dad have a look on their face that reads a little more, "what the heck..."