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Xmas video simplifies the common card

12/20/13 15:30

So last week I wrote about Christmas cards being posted on Facebook. And then days later, Facebook blew up with something new – the VIDEO Christmas card …

If you haven’t seen it, go check out "#xmas jammies" on YouTube. This family of four recorded a music video – in their red and green striped Christmas PJ’s. The mom said they did it because they couldn’t get their kids to sit still to take a good Christmas card picture.

Awesome – I didn’t even know this was an option. Here we all are, racing around trying to dress up our kids, to sit on a stoop, to snap a picture, and the whole time the answer is right in front of us … just shoot a movie.

I think I speak for all moms when I say, I am just kicking myself that I didn’t think of this. It makes so much more sense. Starting with you don’t have to pull out and iron your Sunday best. You just have to find matching pajamas that range in size from 4T to a man’s XL. And have them monogrammed with everybody’s name. How hard is that?

And then you just dance around and shoot video. Well, I mean, after you clean your house and decorate it so that it looks fresh and festive for the camera. This family shot both interiors and exteriors, so better get the yard guy out there to blow leaves off the steps and driveway.

Oh, and the vehicle in that drive? It’s a hybrid. So you might wanna think about purchasing something environmentally friendly – nobody wants to see you twerk around your gas guzzler. But once you get the Prius in place, you’re good to go.

Just need somebody to lay down a funky beat. And rap everybody’s accomplishments. Well, I guess first, somebody has to have some accomplishments. And then you need to dig up all the picture and video documentation that you hopefully have, so you can edit it in. After you buy editing equipment. And learn to edit.

But then it’s easy. Heck, the Dad quits his job at the end of the video. I do that all the time, it’s a cake walk. I just need a camera crew, hair and makeup, and a hip-hop class. And a form-fitting undergarment, if I’m going to wear pajama bottoms. The camera adds ten pounds. Twenty, if you’re doing the running man.

And then there’s no envelope-addressing, stamp-licking, or racing to the post office. Just write the song, record the track, cut and splice, and add some graphics. Then get your kids to give you the low down on the upload to YouTube, and post to Facebook. Then relax and admire your tree.

I am SO glad I don’t have to worry about that convoluted Christmas card next year …

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