I'm often amazed at the holiday cards we get. Beautiful, smiling children. They look like models. Sometimes even the parents, too. Back when our family used to mail out cards, I swear, taking that perfect picture was near to impossible. Someone always had their eyes closed. Or spinach in their teeth. Hair in their eyes. Something! That picture-taking event turned into torture for us. But we felt sort of obligated to take a picture and mail out a card to distant family and friends, so we gritted our teeth and tried to smile. I just don't know how other people do it.
About four years ago, we stopped with the mailed pictures and cards. We did something different. We made a holiday video of us in our PJs reading 'The Night Before Christmas,' and posted it on YouTube. Then sent out an email blast. It was a hit. Really fun. Since then, it's become a family tradition. We've touted its green-ness, 'cuz heck, it's paper free!
This year's holiday video is extra special. It was the first time the kids got to act (in the past, they've just played themselves). We also involved Heather's kids in the video, as elves. (If there were DVD extras, we'd regale you with the not-very-funny part when we shot the elf scene at our house right before Heather's family moved to Ohio, and then accidentally taped over that whole sequence. Major oops). But by the miracle of the Internet and iChat we were able to reshoot the scene, and we think it came out better than the first).
Without further ado, we present: Clued in for the Holidays:
We hope you enjoy watching it as much as we enjoyed making it. For bonus points, see if you can spot Heather.
Heather and I wish you and yours the happiest of holidays. We'll be taking some time off the blog to enjoy the next week with our families. Unless something really major and green happens between now and the new year, we'll see ya back here in 2011!