Mom (and Dad) have been throwing a Christmas party for their friends and neighbors for about 8 years now1. They love doing it even though it's a lot of work and I love taking the photos each year. A few years ago I created a collage from all the years and I've added to it each year. It's played on the living room TV for all to see each year via our AppleTV and the magic of iCloud Photo Sharing. People really love watching it and it's a lot of fun to see how I've gone from thin to thick, then back again, as well as see kids grow up and those who are no longer with us.
I'm really glad I've been able to record these parties through the years. My family always complains at first that I'm taking way too many photos, but they love them in the end. I've always tried to use a decent camera so that my pictures stand up to the test of time. Little tip, if you're recording your family's precious moments only using an iPhone, you're going to wish at some point you'd bit the bullet and at least bought a simple point and shoot camera. Sure, phones take decent pictures, but I've got tons of photos from past events that were taken with my first iPhone which only captured photos at 320 x 480 pixels. That's tiny! Not only the size but the quality was pretty bad as well.
So, enjoy the holidays with a photo2 or two and Merry Christmas from me to you. Hey, that rhymed!