10 Family Christmas Cards on YouTube

Bob Al-Greene

1. Slade Family, 2011

If you don't have a pool to swim in this Christmas, don't feel bad about it. And if you do have a pool, well, can we come over?

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The holidays are all about traditions. Decorating the tree. Untangling endless light cords. Embarrassing yourself on the Internet.

The tradition of sending out Christmas cards to loved ones near and far has evolved. Why print and send dozens of cards when you can share instantly with everyone you care about on YouTube? If you haven't tried a video Christmas card with your family, this might be the month to go for it. It'll bring you all closer together and fill those wintry indoor days with something other than cocoa.

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If you aren't sure where to start, take a look at some of these "cards" for inspiration. Do you want to direct your own music video? Dig out photos from the past year to show us where you've been? Write your own Yuletide rap? (Please think long and hard before trying the latter.)

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