My Christmas Card

For the last several years, I've made my Christmas cards online and mailed them out to family members with a newsletter enclosed. Unfortunately, there are many family members that we never see and this is one of the few times that we connect.

This year I wanted to kick it up a notch and do something online as well. I thought that I could include a note or a label that would direct the reader to a link to access something newsletter-ish. My first plan was to put together a video and embed it in the new Google Docs template for a video newsletter, but trying to get my family all together in the same room or trying to find a variety of video clips in my stock became too much... Then I thought I might use the newsletter template and just do an online version of what I normally do, which didn't excite me at all.

After several days of procrastinating, I came up with the idea of using a voicethread. That way, I was able to add what photos I wanted to use from the year and then record each child when I had time. As an afterthought, I grabbed a flip video and filmed a few segments too. I thought the flip turned out a little grainy...but I still used it. I consider this all an experiment anyway. I know some people will never visit the link, but those that care enough will. Here it is, if you care to watch. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone!


Mr. H said...

Ok That is a brilliant idea. I will have to borrow it and do it with my family. Nice job!!

Mrs. McLeod said...

This is absolutely priceless! It is a wonderful way to share your family with loved ones. Thanks for sharing! :)

Marie said...

I hadn't thought of using Voicethread, so thanks for the idea. You have a beautiful family, thank you for sharing. Best wishes.

Melissa Ross said...

Awesome idea! The voicethread card was the perfect personal touch. (Loved the video clips too!) I should have known something like this was coming... :)

Suzanne said...

I love this idea! I can't wait to steal it and create my own. Thanks for always pushing our level of thinking!

Jenny said...

Your voicethread is adorable! I have to admit that I tried to do this last year. However, in keeping my typical holiday card routine, I never finished it or sent it out! I also, though, didn't have the flip cam to add the video -- which makes it so cute! What a treat yours will be for your family and friends this year!

This is just too too cute! My how chirstmas cards have changed!

Mrs. Holder said...

I really like this idea...thanks for putting yourself out there for all to see the possibilities.

keamac said...

Hi Melanie
I've just spent a lovely evening sitting here in New Zealand exploring your blog. There is so much to read, think about and digest. I have added your blog to my Google Reader and shall be visiting often. I love VoiceThread, I think it is really versatile & has all kinds of potential in the classroom - I've used it quite a bit with my class this year. I love the way you used it to share your Christmas "letter" - I hope you don't mind if I borrow your idea at some stage.

Thanks Kirstin
I'm glad you have discovered my blog and I am discovering yours now as well and adding you to my reader. I believe we follow each other on twitter too! I believe you are off school now until February, but if you ever want to collaborate on a voicethread...let me know. What a cool tool!
Happy New Year,

keamac said...

Hi Melanie
Yes we do follow each other on Twitter. I would most definitely be keen to collaborate - I'll let you know once I'm back at school.
Happy New Year to you too.