My version of the family holiday card

Like most, this time of year, my “snail mail” inbox is filled with holiday cards from family and friends. Most of the photo variety. I actually love those cards because for many, it’s the one time of year, I get a snapshot with the whole family (kids included). Sure, Facebook keeps me updated, but this is the one time of year we get cards from all sorts of folks from family members to friends to professional colleagues.

We used to create a similar holiday card, but we gave it up four years ago in favor of something a little different. A video holiday card, if you will.

Our idea? To not just offer up 1-4 shots of our family on a hard-copy card, but instead to give you 60-plus photos that would tell the complete story of our entire year.

We started this tradition the year our daughter was born (she just turned four). And, it’s been something my wife and I look forward to every year. In fact, we just watched all four videos on our Apple TV in our basement and were laughing and crying as we watched our kids literally growing up in front of our eyes. Incredible.

This year, the slide show includes pics from the weddings we attended this summer, our trip to San Diego in August and our trip to Lutsen/Grand Marais in the fall. What a year. As readers of this blog, friends, and colleagues, I’d like to share our video with you. Because what you see in this video is my life. I have my work–and you see a lot of that through this blog and my updates, tweets and pics online. And, then I have my family. That’s pretty much it. So, this is really as personal as it gets for me.

Hope you enjoy the show. Happy holidays from my family to yours. And, here’s wishing each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


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21 comments on “My version of the family holiday card

  1. tnienaber says:

    @arikhanson What a great idea! It’s hard choosing 3-4 photos for a card. Plus, a video could double as my annual family keepsake project!

  2. PatSchaber says:

    @arikhanson Cool idea, Arik! Love the video. Happy Holidays!

  3. arikhanson says:

    @tnienaber Exactly. We watched all four last night. I teared up big time.

  4. arikhanson says:

    @PatSchaber Thx! Happy Holidays to you, too!

  5. tnienaber says:

    @arikhanson My hubby and I are both a bit sappy. I’m certain happy tears will ensue. Season’s greetings!

  6. Jasonmkey says:

    Really cool!

  7. MissyBerggren says:

    Love it – another fun video of your fam. Amazing in the beginning I was like “whoa, the kids look so young” – I can definitely tell a difference in how much older they look now in Dec! Thanks for sharing, Arik – Merry Christmas to your family, it’s been great working with you again this year.

  8. ElissaFreeman says:

    I loved this last year…and I love this more this year! Beautiful pix, beautiful family, Arik! Here’s to a wonderful 2012 to you and your family!

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