If you’re already feeling bad about the likelihood that your Christmas cards will turn into New Year’s or even Valentine’s Day cards, just be glad you’re not on the Christmas card list of a North Carolina family that not only got their Christmas card out on time, but turned it into a viral hit.
The Holderness family of Raleigh, N.C., this month released their “Christmas Jammies” holiday video, complete with its own hashtag, #XMASJAMMIES, that has taken the bar on the over-shared Christmas card to a new level.
In the video, the family – dad Penn, wife Kim, six-year-old daughter Lola, and four-year-old son Penn Charles – rap about their 2013 accomplishments while dressed in matching Christmas pajamas that they use to full comedic extent.
“2013 in review, video Christmas card part two,” Penn Holderness says in the video’s open.
The video Christmas card includes the usual updates – new family car, mom and daughter each completed a triathlon, son played an Indian chief in a recital – along with the more, well, personal details that sometimes pop up in holiday greetings too.
“There’s room for child number three,” Penn sings, pointing to a stroller, before adding, “But I can’t. I just had a vasectomy.”
Holderness’ vasectomy, it turns out, is not the biggest surprise the family sprung on their friends and loved ones while wearing their pajamas. At the end of the video, Kim announces that her husband has quit his job as a news anchor for a new career.
“Going to quit his job and come work with his wife,” she raps.
The family shared the Christmas video, their second annual, in an email to family and friends who enjoyed it so much they asked the family if they could share it with others.
“I think it’s a pretty honest look and a pretty ridiculous look into the craziness of a modern family,” Kim Holderness told ABCNews.com of the video’s appeal. “We’re acting like fools and I’m guessing people like to see other people making fools of themselves.
“We don’t take ourselves too seriously,” said Holderness, who added it took the family about half-a-day and 12 hours of editing, done by Penn, to complete the video.
“The kids were shocked that we were allowing them to leave the house in their pajamas,” she said. “They had a blast.”
Unfortunately for the Holderness family, however, just as they went viral online, they went viral at home, too.
“Kim got a stomach virus yesterday, and Lola just picked it up. Oh, and I really did just have a vasectomy,” Penn Holderness posted on his blog Saturday. “So we are a hot mess right now.”
“I will say it is making us all feel better hearing all of the kind words,” he wrote, “especially from so many old friends we haven’t heard from in ages.”