What’s your favorite holiday tradition? Baking cookies? Making snowmen? Trimming the Christmas tree? I think mine might be the traditional Christmas Pageant: sweet little children dressed up; families coming together to celebrate; and, of course, Christmas carols.

The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme puts on an absolutely precious Christmas pageant. I was invited to capture the 30th annual performance, and I felt so blessed to be part of the ceremony. This church, while obviously modernized, was established in 1665, and as I stepped inside, I could sense the history around me. The simplicity of the white walls was truly emphasized by the lovely Christmas decor. The talented organist added a regal touch to the ceremony. Being the second event I have done for this Church I knew I would be stepping into something magical, but I did not imagine how spectacular this performance was actually going to be.

The children performed to a packed house, and with good reason. Mary and Joseph looked so solemn— and so proud of their roles!— as they played their characters. The shepherds announced the birth of Jesus. The choir of angels sang customary Christmas hymns, and looked oh-so-sweet in their little wings. (I would be remiss if I didn’t point out the fabulous angel in her feather boa!) The wise men— beards and all!!— brought their gifts to the Holy Family on cue. The production went off without a hitch, and a fantastic time was had by all in attendance.

Perhaps, most importantly, amid the hustle and bustle of mid-December, this performance was the perfect reminder about the “Reason for the Season.” Even if you’re not religious, who couldn’t benefit from a reminder for “good will towards men”? Merry Christmas to all of my blog readers, only two more sessions of 2017, and I look forward to shooting with you in the New Year!


Shauna is a fine art natural light photographer based out of Connecticut. To book a session contact Shauna at:

shauna@shaunadaiphotography.com | 860-268-2588 | www.shaunadaiphotography.com

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