Fes­tive fam­ily pho­tos

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‘Ihave a big fam­ily, but my aunts, un­cles and cousins all live hun­dreds of miles away from our home town of London, so it’s of­ten just me and my mum, dad and brother, Paul, on Christ­mas Day it­self. So, ev­ery year, Dad would or­gan­ise a fam­ily pho­to­shoot for a picture to send to the fam­ily so they could see how much we’d grown. Dad de­cided that each picture would have a theme. So, one year, we were a mini Mary and Joseph, the next we were snapped jump­ing out of a card­board box cov­ered in tacky wrap­ping paper. It was great fun. By the time I was 12 and Paul was 10, we’d run out of ideas, so we used a photo of us surf­ing in Corn­wall and sprin­kled glit­ter over it to make it look like snow. Sadly, now we’re older, this tra­di­tion has been aban­doned, but I can’t wait to start it up again when I have chil­dren of my own to dress up and em­bar­rass!’

Lauren Selby, 31, deputy picture ed­i­tor

Joseph and Mary? No, it’s Paul and Lauren!

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