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Merry Christmas 2019

Started: 2019-12-28 22:49:01

Submitted: 2019-12-29 00:06:47

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In which the intrepid narrator wishes his readers a Merry Christmas this year, and digs into the archives to find old family photos

We visited my parents in Walla Walla for Christmas, and took the time to get a family photo. Merry Christmas!

Logan family Christmas photo 2019, feat. Calvin and Julian
Logan family Christmas photo 2019, feat. Calvin and Julian

And a Happy Solstice -- and this year I learned about Sol Invictus, the Unconquered Sun, the first day after the solstice where it is obvious that the sun is returning from its long journey south, and spring will come again.

While I'm here, I'm going to share a couple of family Christmas photos from years past, featuring generally the same cast of characters, though we age in reverse here -- a feature which is especially obvious in Calvin and may not be obvious in the rest of us.

I have a more-traditionally-posed version of this picture, from Thanksgiving at Leoni Meadows in 2016, but I like this version better because it shows Julian as a precocious toddler, escaping from the family photo.

Julian escapes from the family photo
Julian escapes from the family photo

This is not strictly a picture from a Christmas letter but it does come from our Christmas dinner in Jaipur in 2015. I am obviously distracted by watching Calvin in an attempt at making sure he doesn't grimace at the camera; which is not especially successful.

Aunt Bethany, Calvin, Uncle Willy, Nana, Jaeger, and Grandpa at Christmas dinner in Jaipur
Aunt Bethany, Calvin, Uncle Willy, Nana, Jaeger, and Grandpa at Christmas dinner in Jaipur

In 2014 we stood in my living room in Boulder for our photo -- and because Bethany and Josh weren't present we added them separately.

Logan family Christmas photo 2014
Logan family Christmas photo 2014

In 2013 Willy hit the button on the self-timer on my camera while we were visiting my parents in Walla Walla.

Logan Christmas photo featuring Calvin
Logan Christmas photo featuring Calvin

From 2011, you can see me holding the remote control for my camera to trigger the photo:

2011 Logan family Christmas photo, featuring Calvin
2011 Logan family Christmas photo, featuring Calvin

Finally, the earliest obvious photo of Christmas of my family, from my parents' house in Walla Walla in 2010:

Grandpa, Nana, Calvin, Kiesa, and Uncle Willy at Christmas
Grandpa, Nana, Calvin, Kiesa, and Uncle Willy at Christmas
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