The Christmas Project

In late November 2013, I had a bunch of friends over for a Christmas Party. Here's why. 

With the over-commercialization of Christmas nowadays, the holiday itself has little meaning anymore. So many people put themselves through the typical “holiday stress” of buying the perfect presents, having the perfect Turkey dinner, and flawlessly entertainingtheir guests. I know that in my family, the holidays are never perfect and always have their little flaws. However, in the spirit of Christmas, I embrace the imperfections because to me, it’s the gathering of family that is important. You can’t choose your family; therefore they can be the opposite of perfect, yet you still love them. Wanting perfection only leads to unhappiness. 

Perfection is subjective. One thing may be perfect to one person, and very imperfect to another person. But rather than focusing on defining what is perfect, people should focus on the little things that make them happy.

But that’s a point within a point.

My initial idea was to make Christmas Cards that were “out of the norm”, and took a look at Christmas from a realistic angle. Christmas can be cheesy, tacky, problematic, stressful, costly, and if you think about it, a truly ridiculous holiday if you’re not religious.However, behind all of that, there is a lot of heart. What I find with a lot of Christmas Cards nowadays is that they are too beautiful and overly sappy. Overall, they lack character. Now, maybe some people like that sparkly look, but I find that those types of cards lack personality. Those are the types of cards you send to people you feel obligated to send a card to. Your real friends and family understand the “truth” behind how Christmas affects you, personally. I thought of the 1980s because it was a time when people weren’t afraid to dress ridiculous and tacky. They embraced the shoulder pads, the vibrant colours, and the 20-minute workout.  I wanted to use tacky '80s Christmas sweaters as an example of this, because a person’s Christmas sweater shows a lot about their personality. 

People create their own traditions, and they do not have to succumb to certain Christmas stereotypes. These stereotypes are merely guidelines for people to play with and make their own. 

What I’m getting at with my project is that rather than hiding the truth behind Christmas, I am embracing its imperfections and character. With the overexposed look of “mom shots”, I am revealing the little imperfections of the holiday and focusing on the overall character, especially within this group of people. 

If you would like to buy these photos as Christmas Cards, contact me here.

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