Do you make photo calendars for your family? They make great Christmas presents for the grandparents and there are lots of places to get them printed, no matter what your style. All you have to do is find 12 favourite images from the previous year and you’re all set. You can even organise your photos to match the months. Summer holiday photos for July and August, Christmas photos for December etc.
I have made a calendar every year for our families and it’s a lovely tradition. Throughout the year I try to take pictures that I can use for the calendar, as it’s easier to take them in season (try finding Easter eggs in November!). So far I’ve kept it quite simple with some seasonal photos, e,g, beach, snow, some holidays such as Easter and some general photos. I’ve made a list of some of the different themes you could choose for different months and seasons. If you try this, let me know. I’d love to see your pictures.
Snow, frost, snuggling up warm, snowmen, sledging, hot cocoa.
December – When else but Christmas. Twinkling Christmas lights, visiting Santa, Christmas jumper day. If you don’t celebrate Christmas, there’s always New Years Eve, or snowy scenes.
January – New Year’s parties, St Dwynwen’s day, Burns Night, Winnie the Pooh Day, New Years resolutions (put your kids in some 80’s style workout gear).
February – Valentines Day, Pancake Day, Mardi Gras (Go colourful with a Carnival theme to brighten up the winter months), Chinese New Year
Flowers, pastel colours, outdoors, gardening, tree blossom.
March – St David’s Day, daffodils, St Patrick’s Day, World Book Day, International Women’s Day, Mother’s Day
April – Easter, St George’s Day, April Showers
May – Star Wars Day, Maypole, Chelsea Flower Show, Bluebell Season.
Sunshine, beach, swimming pool, fairground, holidays, camping
June – Summer Solstice, Father’s Day, Rapeseed flowers in bloom (get permission from the farmer first) , fruit picking
July – Teddy Bears’ Picnic, end of school, American Independence Day, Wimbledon
August – Lavender fields in bloom (early August), Hay Bales in fields (get permission from the farmer first), August bank holiday
Fallen leaves, late afternoon golden light, muddy puddles, wellies, cosy knitwear
September – Harvest, Autumn equinox, Roald Dahl day, back to school
October – Halloween, Grandparents Day
November – Bonfire light, Black Friday (funny image of the children being bored of shopping), Movember, Remembrance Sunday, St Andrew’s Day