My absolute favorite time of the year is the holiday season. Halloween gives way to Thanksgiving, which means Christmas is right around the corner. I get giddy when lights start to be strung on trees in the neighborhood and when wreaths and ornaments begin to adorn shops across the city. There is so much joy in this season, and I am incredibly excited for Isla to celebrate her first Christmas.

We have many family traditions associated with Christmas, and this week, I’m going to share all of them, including our annual family photo, Christmas Eve candlelight church service, opening stockings in our PJs on Christmas morning, getting dressed up to open presents under the tree, and then lounging around after a festive lunch and playing with our gifts.

As I mentioned here, my family has taken family photos for the last 18 years (ever since we moved to Texas from Scotland). We take them every November to use for our annual Christmas card, as well as to be framed around the house. I knew that as soon as Sasha and I had babies, we would keep the tradition alive as well. We were lucky enough to have our pictures taken by the very talented Paige Budde of Awake Photography.  I am so pleased with how they turned out and highly recommend her to anyone living in Texas (she’s based in Houston, too!).

One of the most important decisions when it comes to family photos is everyone’s outfits. For this year’s photos, I chose a red French Connection dress and Sasha wore a J. Crew button-down and khakis. After picking our outfits, Isla was next. Thankfully, Carter’s offers classic styles and coordinated looks that are perfect for family photos, so I had the best selection of pretty dresses to choose from in their Holiday Collection (think lots of bright plaids and colorful patterns). I had the hardest time picking just one, but knew that too many outfit changes would result in a not-so-happy Isla. I decided on the classic Rosette and Lace dress in ivory, as it was a neutral color which was easy for Sasha and I to complement with our outfit choices. Since it was chilly outside, I put on these sweet Glitter Bow Tights and kept her feet warm in little sparkly gold shoes. Both Isla and I wore matching floral crowns by the very talented Jess Hamilton.

Carter’s has a ton of great options for siblings too – both their girl and boy selections are adorable. My favorite choices for little boy’s outfits are the Poplin Plaid Bodysuit with Jeans and the Jersey Henley Tee with Twill Pants.

In celebration of Isla’s first Christmas, I’m partnering with Carter’s to give one lucky individual a $100 Carter’s gift card, as well as one of the outfits (boy or girl) featured during the week-long series. Enter the giveaway below (so many entry options) to win!

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Make sure to visit Snapshots and My Thoughts again tomorrow to see more sweet photos of Isla, and good luck with the giveaway! 

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Carter’s | OshKosh B’gosh partnered with me to help promote their Holiday collection. As part of the program, I received products or gift cards. Carter’s believes that consumers and bloggers are free to form their own opinions and share them in their own words. Carter’s provided me with information on promotions and messaging concepts, but did not tell me what to purchase or what to write in my blog or what to say about the products I used. The winner of any giveaway in this program will be randomly chosen and gift card fulfillment will be handled by a third party.

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*Giveaway outfit up to $45 value – excludes shoes and accessories. Winner must be a resident of the United States / US Territory.

83 Comments

  1. Lauren Postler Reply

    I’m totally copying your Christmas ornament from Land of Nod!! I’ve looked all over Etsy and could not find a custom Baby’s First Christmas ornament that I loved as much as the one you posted! Fingers crossed to win this contest too;)

    • AileePetrovic Reply

      Oh good!! Doesn’t Land of Nod have such cute ones?? I love them. Good luck with the giveaway! Sweet Charlotte needs some Santa footed PJs!

  2. I would love to win for my grandson who I love in his Carter’s clothes.

    • AileePetrovic Reply

      Thank you, Mara 🙂 You were involved in those outfit discussions! xo

  3. Jessica Beard Reply

    My two sons would be lucky enough to wear these outfits. We love Carter’s! Your photos are beautiful! Thanks for the opportunity to win this for my family.

    • AileePetrovic Reply

      We love Carter’s too! Thank you for entering, Jessica! xo

  4. Courtney Weber Reply

    Ah, this is great! My baby girl (due in 11 days) would be the lucky recipient 🙂

    • AileePetrovic Reply

      Ah, so exciting!!! She will be here any moment!! Good luck! xo

  5. Beautiful photos! Im looking forward to our first family Christmas photos

    • AileePetrovic Reply

      I hope the photos turn out beautifully!! Thank you!

  6. Laurel Smith Reply

    We take family photos every year, and have for the last 4! I would love to win the gift card for my two kids. Thank you!

    • AileePetrovic Reply

      That’s amazing. I’m praying Sasha agrees year after year!! xo

  7. Danielle Jones Reply

    I am expecting a baby on December 1, so this would be a very timely win! I love their holiday collection! So many cute footed PJs too!

    • AileePetrovic Reply

      Congratulations, Danielle!! Thanks for entering.

  8. We do pictures too! I have a 5 and 2 year old and would like the gift card for them.

  9. My baby girl that’s due in February would be wearing this! I looove Carter’s.

  10. I have been looking for outfits for my son for the holidays. It would be awesome to win! Carter ‘ s has some great clothes for him. I love the holidays and this will be my first with my son.

    • AileePetrovic Reply

      They do have amazing holiday clothing! Good luck with the giveaway!

  11. Marissa J. Reply

    What lovely photos! I’d be thrilled to outfit my little boy Theodore in something special from Carter’s. He celebrated his first Christmas last year in a handsome sweater set of theirs.

    • AileePetrovic Reply

      I bet he looked adorable! I love their sweet little boy sweaters!! Good luck! xo

  12. Courtney W Reply

    My baby girl would be wearing this, and looking so cute! Carter’s is my favorite!!!!

    • AileePetrovic Reply

      It’s my favorite too! Got to love baby girls in their clothes, right?? 😉

    • AileePetrovic Reply

      Ha, they are so cute and chunky!! I have the same desire!

    • AileePetrovic Reply

      Thanks for entering for your sweet girl, Kim!

  13. I would love to win this to buy my niece and nephew Christmas gifts!

    • AileePetrovic Reply

      So sweet of you to enter for them!! Thank you, Ashton!

  14. Kylie Pfeffer Reply

    My daughter will be wearing carters!! Love their clothes!!

  15. These photos are so cute! And carters is my go to
    Place for everything my little guy needs!

    • AileePetrovic Reply

      Carter’s is my go-to also! They seriously have everything – and at such a good price! xo

  16. Would love to use this for my daughter, Lucianas first birthday!

    • AileePetrovic Reply

      Aww, I love that name! Luciana – so pretty. Good luck!

  17. Denise Stephen Reply

    Oh, I would love to win for my two daughters! We love Carter’s. Thanks!

  18. These pictures are precious! I have two little girls that would be wearing the Carter’s clothes, and would be an absolute blessing. Thanks for doing the giveaway!

    • AileePetrovic Reply

      Hi Sara! Thank you so much for the sweet compliment! Good luck with the giveaway!!

  19. We have our family photos in two weeks time! I would love to win this and have my three kids in Carter’s. Great giveaway.

  20. We love Carter’s. My 6 month old, Violet, primarily wears their clothes!

  21. My sweet 11 month old son would be the person decked out in Carter’s gear!

  22. This would be perfect for my daughter, she is going to be 3 years old in December 25.

    • AileePetrovic Reply

      A Christmas baby!! I love it. Thanks for entering!

    • AileePetrovic Reply

      Ah, just a little older than Isla! Thank you for entering, Stacey! xo

  23. All four of my amazing children would reap the benefits of my winning this gift card

    • AileePetrovic Reply

      Yes, I imagine they would! Four! You’re my hero 🙂 🙂

  24. My son, daughter, and especially my baby boy all love Carter’s!

  25. Adorable! You guys are so cute! I love her dress and tights. 🙂

  26. Veronica M Reply

    I love your photos! Love reading up on Isla. I loved your outfits so much! I can’t wait to shop for my Gabby. Carter’s is my favorite. 🙂

  27. It would be for my daughter 🙂

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  28. I would give the gift card to a friend who is expecting her first baby.

  29. Jessica Rice Reply

    My 2 darling boys (1 year old; 4 year old) will be decked out in their Christmas best from Carter’s. I already have their outfits picked out!

  30. Sadie Scheffler Reply

    My little daughter Ivy will be the lucky one if we won. We love carters because it’s cute and comfy for BeBe.

    • AileePetrovic Reply

      So sweet – I love the name Ivy! Good luck with the giveaway!

  31. I think I know why I never commented on this post. It’s not because I’ve slacked on blogging for way too long. *ahem* 😉 it’s because I’m insanely jealous. I might just frame photos of you in my house. that’ll make it look perfect? k.

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