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A Case of the Human Condition: Help Us Choose Our Christmas Card Photo

newhall family on greek island of santorini. Photo by BF newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

For the first time in our family history, we have a slew of family photos we could put on our Christmas card this year.

Jon, Peter, Christina and I took a University of Michigan alumni association tour of the Greek islands earlier this month. (If you were wondering why there were so few blog posts a few weeks ago, that’s why. Internet access was tres cher aboard our French ship, M.S. Le Diamant, so I took a little vacation from blogging.)

Barbara Falconer Newhall's family. Photo by BF Newhall

Barbara, Peter, Christina and Jon on the deck of Le Diamant

Happily, the folks who accompanied us on the trip, some of them totally French, were only too pleased to snap photos of the four of us in various settings — atop the caldera of Santorini, on the deck of Le Diamant, and strolling the subdued halls of the National Archeological Museum in Athens.

To vote for your favorite family photo — simply click on “leave a comment” highlighted below and state your preference. Compliments are accepted, wisecracks encouraged.

PHOTO TWO. The four of us a few minutes later in the glow of an Agean sunset.

PHOTO TWO. The four of us a few minutes later in the glow of an Aegean sunset.

PHOTO THREE. All dressed up for the captain's dinner. An elegant French lady took our picture.

PHOTO THREE. All dressed up for the captain's dinner. An elegant French lady took our picture.

PHOTO FOUR. A tender took us to the island of Santorini.

PHOTO FOUR. A tender took us from our ship to some of our island destinations.

PHOTO FIVE. On the island of Santorini. The four of us and tons of tourists. And shops.

PHOTO FIVE. On the island of Santorini. There were tons of tourists.

PHOTO SIX. Here we are again, vertical.

PHOTO SIX. Still on Santorini, but vertical.

PHOTO SEVEN. At the National Archeological Museum, Athens. Photos c 2009 B.F. Newhall

PHOTO SEVEN. At the National Archeological Museum, Athens. Photos by BF Newhall

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  1. Dee Dee Randall says:

    I love the pix! I think either 2 or 6 would make a beautiful card. Please send me one!

  2. Hard to tell since I can’t see the details in them too well online. The only one I know I don’t like is 3, there is too much distraction from other people in the background.

  3. Christina says:

    I like photos 2 and 7. 2 for artistic merit, with the sunset illuminating/blinding us. 7 for amusement factor and sense of place.

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