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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