25 year montage of one family’s kids coming down the stairs at Christmas

A neat compilation a guy did of all of the opening sequence of dad’s Christmas morning video of the family coming down the stairs to open their gifts, from 1985 to 2009. (The extra guy who arrives towards the end is the sister’s husband.)

My dad used to do this too. “Everyone at the top of the stairs.”  I still get a kick out of the family movies from the 1960s, it looks like something out of the Wonder Years, with the lack of sound (all you can hear is the actual movie projector playing) and the weird way the projector speeds everyone up ever so slightly.

My brother and sisters, and cousin D, at grandma’s on Christmas eve of either 1964 or 1965 in Chicago. (Yes, I’m the one with the binkie.)

All of us with our then mutt of a dog (weren’t all dogs mutts in the 60s?) would get ready at the top of the stairs, in our pajamas, for the blinding white light that meant dad was filming and we could begin our descent (of course we’d already been downstairs hours ago to arrange all the gifts, which I remember always being in huge boxes, in piles based on who they were for).

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve forgiven dad’s video overexhuberance since it’s so nice to see all the old family videos and photos.


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  • Krusher

    Me, too. My dad, I mean.

  • AnitaMann

    Those are the only xmas songs I can stand to listen to.

  • Constant Comment

    Talk about depressing Christmas music…it makes me want to stab myself with pine needles. Sheesh!

  • Constant Comment

    All of our childhood Christmas videos (late 50s-60s) are of us coming in by the tree while we shield our eyes from that light…good times!

  • hollywoodstein

    Macallan 18

  • hollywoodstein

    I could get into the whole oxidant perchlorate, etc. controversies, but suffice it to say Life on Mars.

  • hollywoodstein

    They have had egg on their face many times including the meteorite analysis and chaos theory analysis, etc. as well as the billy graham push back so NASA is reluctant to go full bore, but what they released today validates the 76 LR experiment and is essentially a life on Mars announcement despite the caveats.

  • hollywoodstein

    Drip, drip, drip….

  • hollywoodstein

    So if you take Gilbert Levin’s 1976 Labeled Release data<( which was only discredited with the GSMS lack of organics) and add Curiosity"s complex organics NASA, by its own standards would have declare life in 1976.

  • hollywoodstein

    NYT, so that settles it.

  • hollywoodstein

    The British Beagle 2 with test for life failed.

  • hollywoodstein

    The Russian probe with test for life failed.

  • hollywoodstein

    By their own premission standards in 1976 they found life in. Religious political pressure came down that if they weren’t 1000% certain they shouldn’t announce it. The GSMS didn’t confirm organics (even though it wasn’t sensitive enough to do it on earth ) so NASA spent the last 20 years saying no. They planned 10 mars landers w/o a test for life. Why would you do that when the number question is life?

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    That’s not what the NYT is saying.

  • A_nonymoose

    Family. The glue that binds us together. Thanks, John. :)

  • hollywoodstein

    BTW, they found life on Mars.

  • hollywoodstein

    Macallan 18.

  • hollywoodstein

    Thank you so much. I knew it was Charlie Brown.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    I’d trade every wonderful Christmas past for even an hour with my Dad again.

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    It was also so cool, in a way, the way it would make the entire room super bright.

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    Christmas Time is Here, by Vince Guaraldi Trio. From Charlie Brown Christmas Special

  • Constant Comment

    OMG…can’t forget the blinding light on the video camera! The music is Christmas Time Is Here, by Vince Guaraldi from “A Charlie Brown Christmas”

  • hollywoodstein

    Help me out here. I’m drunk on brown liquor, and have early onset dementia and can’t name the song I know. Thank you. Thank you very much.

  • hollywoodstein

    Time. Memories.

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