Despite the challenges that 2020 has delivered, there’s plenty of ways to capture great Christmas photos this year. Find out how you can continue your festive traditions in a memorable, magical and safe, albeit slightly different, way this year.

When we think of Santa photos, we typically imagine children huddled on Santa’s lap, with parents constantly reminding the kids to smile, or trying to convince them its all ok and to stop crying or nagging them to stop tugging at their clothes. Ahhh, the memories! With the current circumstances in our communities - across the country and across the globe - it's safe to say that we're not going to see any warm Santa cuddles or high-fives this year. But just because some of those special moments can't happen, it doesn't mean that there can't be any precious Christmas photos memories this year.

In fact, whether we like it or not, 2020 will forever be the year that we reinvented the time old tradition of Santa photos. There's a variety of ways that you can still capture your family in a photo this extra-special Christmas, it just takes a little creativity and thinking outside the box. One thing is for sure, however you decide to go about it, this year’s photos are sure to be especially memorable.

Capturing Christmas Memories with Santa

So, we might not be able to snuggle up close with Santa this year, but thankfully the beloved tradition of having a family photo taken with Santa is able to continue. Our friends at Christmas Memories have worked tirelessly to create a Santa Photo experience that is as magical and memorable as we all remember, but with a few necessary changes in place to keep Santa, his helpers, and of course you and your family, as safe as possible. The biggest changes you will notice are that:

  1. all Santa Photo sessions must be booked in advance - this means there'll be no standing around in a lengthy queue half way down the shopping centre while trying to entertain your restless toddler, which actually sounds like a fantastic idea for all involved! Find your nearest Santa Photo location for booking details.
  2. social distancing requirements dictate that there'll be no sitting on Santa's knee or next to him on his throne this year. With some clever photography tricks and strategically placed stools in front the throne, you'll have your picture taken with Santa and it will appear like you are closer to Santa than you really are.

The same changes and precautions have also been applied to Sensory Santa Photos and Pet Santa Photos, that are available at selected locations, so they can continue this year too.

Whilst it will be a little different to previous years, it's still very possible to have a Santa Photo taken this year. Find out more about CovidSafe-Contact Free Santa Photos

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Memories at Home

Dressing the family in matching festive outfits and ushering the kids into a shopping centre Santa Photo simply may not be an option for some parents this year. Rather than focusing on the disappointment of not getting your usual shots taken, look at this unprecedented time as an opportunity to create new family traditions. There are many Creative Christmas Family Photo Ideas you can use to make and capture your own magical Christmas memories.

Almost everyone these days has a phone they can capture images on and it's become pretty clear that you don't necessarily have to be a professional photographer to take a great photo. Dress up your children or pets in their best Christmas outfits and Santa hats and then get the camera ready. Utilise the environment around you by taking family photos in front of the Christmas tree, out the front of your house or at your favourite park or beach. You could even involve “Santa” by getting a family member to dress up as the jolly guy in the big red suit!

For a reimagined photo experience, combine these special images into Stay at Home Santa photos or Christmas sELFie photos.

If you’d rather be on the other side of the lens and have someone with a little more experience taking the shots, consider engaging the services of a local photographer to take some family Christmas photos for you. Not only do you still get some lovely Christmas photos but you would be supporting a local small business too and that is really important at the moment.

Gifting Santa Photos

Christmas is often a time we spend with family and friends, and though we may not be able to see some loved ones this year, we can still let them know we are thinking about them and share some Christmas cheer their way. Photo decorations make thoughtful gifts and are small enough to post. Simply cut out your Santa photo into the correct shape and place your Santa photos in Photo Decorations. Send warm seasons greetings with these DIY photo cards Christmas Photo Cards, or upload your favourite photo of a child onto a My Christmas Adventure DVD and send it to them as a lovely surprise.

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Taking photos during Christmastime is a wonderful way to make Christmas a magical time for the whole family. Even though your festive activities and traditions may be a little different this year than what you’re used to, that doesn't mean they will be any less special.

We hope these tips inspire you to create precious Christmas memories, and perhaps even some long lasting Christmas traditions, with your loved ones. Be sure to share your Christmas traditions with us via Facebook or Instagram. If you’re searching for new Christmas tradition ideas or more ways to make lovely Christmas memories with your family, our blog is a great place to start! The Christmas Cart has a wonderful variety of Christmas décor, gifts, and keepsakes to help you create a magical Christmas. Visit the website to shop the range and explore the Inspiration Gallery for plenty more ideas to inspire your Christmas decorating and memory making.