Holiday mini-shoots are different from full sessions. They're shorter, for the main purpose of capturing photos for holiday greeting cards. That means less time for chasing kids and getting candid shots, and more focus on sitting-for-portrait-like photos, especially group family pics. One challenge of family group pictures is how to place everyone for a good composition. I don't want to stack heads, nor have all heads on the same level, nor have heads places too symmetrically. It's a balanced asymmetry.
I rarely shoot downtown, and was pleased to find photogenic holiday decor and that the shade of nearby buildings actually provided a flattering soft light. Red instantly festivizes any photo, and I love the color coordination of this family's outfits, elegantly casual without being matchy-matchy. Worked well with the poinsettias and the pile of very giant holiday ornaments.