The Slade family opts for a video card versus a traditional one for Christmas. (Micah Slade/YouTube)
An elaborate Christmas card created by an Arizona family turns the holiday custom on its head -- literally.
A couple of years ago, the Slade family decided to ditch a traditional Christmas card and create a video greeting instead, according to Fox 10 News.
For their third video card, the family of six wakes up in a retro-style living room complete with an analog television to Gene Autry's rendition of Up on the House Top.
The little girl pulls out "Dolly," a black cat, out of a stocking, which paves the way for four other cats to pop up.
But when her three brothers pull out what is inside their stockings, things get turned upside down.
The boys throw "magical anti-gravity dust" into the air and the family, including the cats, can now climb the walls and walk, skip and dance on the ceiling.
But alas, it was not Christmas magic. In a separate video, dad Micah Slade says the family built a special room in the backyard, using "a lot of math that I never thought I would use in my life," on a gimbal that rotates 360 degrees.
"It was super fun as a family to build something that I have always wanted to do," wrote Micah. "My wife and kids are so awesome and patient."
In 2011, the Gilbert, Ariz. family had a Blue Christmas, with an underwater rendition of the King's holiday staple. In 2012, they sat down for a family dinner turned food fight. (On YouTube, Micah says "expired and non-edible" food was used after a viewer commented on wasted food. "The food looks good but really it was absolutely disgusting and the smell was awful," he wrote.)
The extravagant Christmas video cards began as a fun family project, mom Whitney Slade told Fox 10 News.
"We've never done a Christmas card and he was like, 'let's just do a little Christmas card for the family' and I thought that was a good idea," she said.
The video cards have been viewed by tens of thousands but the real treat was the time spent with family, Whitney said.
"What's most important to us is the memories we create with our kids."
"That's what's really cool is that we've got this bond and we can enjoy these memories," Micah added.
The family also asks viewers to donate to fund clean water projects in Cambodia.
In a video set to Will Smith's Miami, the Holderness family of Raleigh, N.C., "penned" a Christmas card called "Christmas Jammies," touting their 2013 accomplishments and also plugging their newly-launched marketing company.
Do you send a family Christmas card? If so, what do you do? Snail mail? Email? Video? Let us know in the comments section below.
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