Video Christmas cards are the trendy new way to send holiday greetings. If you always seem to put off sending out your traditional, paper Christmas cards, or the whole idea of signing your name again and again seems stale, you might want to get your hands on some video equipment and liven up your Christmas greetings with a video Christmas card.
One family’s Christmas video, “Xmas Jammies” went viral because of their creativity and fun delivery. Let the following ideas get you started brainstorming, then let your own creativity loose to create a fun video Christmas card for your family and friends. You never know. Yours could be the next viral video.
Elf On A Shelf
Have everyone in the family dress up like Elf On A Shelf and film yourselves in various funny poses and doing “mischievous” things around the house.
Interview each family member using only silly questions like “Have you ever danced with a reindeer?”, “Do you think Santa shaves in the summer?” or “Do you have visions of sugar plums dancing in your head?”
What’s on TV
Spoof a popular TV show such as “The Voice,” “America’s Got Talent,” or “Dancing With the Stars.”
Rewrite the words to a favorite Christmas carol. Make it silly or turn it into a recap of your family’s year.
An Exciting Year
Put together a montage of children fighting or crying, Dad yawning, Mom sighing and the pets taking cover in their beds to showcase your “exciting” year.
Have a third party ask each family member why they think another family member is, or isn’t on Santa’s Naughty List.
Re-casting Christmas movies
If you’ve got good editing skills, you can edit your family members into scenes from various Christmas movies. Or, you could act out scenes from famous Christmas movies.
Recreate the famous Hershey’s Kisses ringing bells Christmas commercial by dressing up in red, green and silver and ringing out your own “We Wish You A Merry Christmas” message.
Where’s the Baby?
Create a skit in which your family is overwhelmed by the chaos of Christmas. Mom could be seen carrying in tons of shopping bags, Dad could be tangled up in Christmas lights, and kids can be digging through box after box of ornaments looking for the star for the top of the tree. Shoot scenes where you’re rushing to see Santa, piling up gifts in the car, Christmas caroling in sped-up mode, etc. The chaotic scenes will all lead up to a moment where everyone realizes the baby (or smallest child in the family) is missing. For a comedic ending, the baby can be covered in flour, chocolate and sprinkles, wearing a chef’s hat or apron, and making a huge mess “baking” Christmas cookies. For a touching ending, the baby can be found sitting quietly, staring at the baby Jesus in the manger.
There are endless ways to make a memorable video Christmas card. All you have to do is start with your family’s favorite Christmas traditions and create a part for each personality. When you allow everyone to put their own touch on the video, you’ll end up with an entertaining, touching, or who knows–even viral–video Christmas card.
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