Ah, the beloved/dreaded family holiday letter — you know, the long list of updates about what the Joneses have been up to throughout the year. You either love ‘em or you don’t. I personally love getting them, because — as cheesy as some of them might be — it’s just a tidy recap of what the family has been up to. And in the era of Facebook, sometimes it’s nice to get a crisp letter in the mail.

But over the years, my favorite kind of family letter has actually become a video letter (go figure, right?). Since so many of my friends and family are using Animoto, I love seeing how they put together fun photos of themselves in a simple slideshow that sure beats reading a long letter.

Check out the video holiday letter I just got from an old college friend:

Style: Wrapping Scraps
Song: “Deck The Halls (Instrumental)” by Steve Rudolph

How cute is her family? I feel like I’ve “caught up” with what her family has been up to…in less than a minute. I’m planning to make my own family video letter this week, and the toughest part will be choosing the images (I can’t help it, it’s the photographer in me!). So if you’re looking to shake things up this year and send a video letter instead, go for it. And paper or video, I’ll probably enjoy them all, so feel free to share them with me, below.

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