Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Jingle Jingle From the Keslers

Remember my crazy talented cousins, the Keslers? Well, they're back. With their 2011 Christmas video.

Surely I've made you a fan by now. After this? And this?


Well, if not, today is your lucky day.

My darling cousin Kelsi was interviewed on KSL a couple months ago about how and why they make these family videos.


She disclosed a few of their secrets, but the truth is, most of us (okay - I speak for my family) can't imagine putting something like this together. We just kinda stand there - gawking over the choreography, the subtle (or not so subtle) props, the creativity, the unihibited sense of humor, and the willing collaboration of this big, happy family.

Last Christmas it was "Deck the Rooftop" (my girls' favorite). This year, they've whipped up their own version of Jingle Bells, set at the famous Kesler Market in Blackfoot, Idaho. Be sure to stop in and say hello if you're whizzing by on I-80. They're nicer than nice, and you can't beat Idaho potatoes.

Because we don't have cable or television (you can throw rocks at me later), I wasn't familiar with The Crazy Target Lady. (I know. Where have I been? Oh yeah, up to my eyeballs in pampers and pigtails.)


In defense of the screenless, let me just say, I'm convinced we don't miss much without TV. But holy cow - I have been missing out on the Target Lady. She is HILARIOUS! You have to watch her to appreciate the whole funny of what my cousin Cami is up to. More about Cami here.

So without further adieu, here's a little Jingle Jingle from the Keslers. Complete with some soft shoe, the charleston, rolls and rolls of wrapping paper, a John Deere Tractor (nice Cam), armfuls of babies, and the traditional belly flop finale. You guys crack me up.

ps - Cami - can you teach me to put on lipstick like that? The way you do that lip curl thing?


  1. Thanks for sharing! I LOVE these! Amazing how they put that all together!
    Merry Christmas!

  2. Oh Cath you are sweeter than sweet. Thank you for always talking us up like that :) And for sharing a little bit of our craziness with your viewers :) Love you.

  3. Love these guys. And you aren't the only one in the dark about the Target lady. No tv for us either. I'm gonna have to repost this...

  4. You're in good company. I have never heard of the crazy target lady either. I love the Kessler clips! So fun:)

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  6. I'm excited to watch these, Catherine.

    And I ordered a copy of that "Watch for the Light."

    And, for the record, we don't have cable or television either, and I wholeheartedly agree with your sentiment that I don't believe we're missing much.

  7. Wow! I'm so impressed! What a seriously creative and hilarious family! That is a family that knows how to have fun. Cami was so funny.

    Just read your gift #209. We all have days like that. So sorry that you were having one of those! What a sweet thing to find...that card from your grandma. It's really amazing how the people who have left us can still continue to bless our lives, in ways that are seen and unseen.

    Sending you love. Thank you for your prayers. I think I'm getting to a better place. xoxo

  8. Marian - Merry Christmas to you too!

    Kelsi - Thanks for letting me pilfer some pics from your blog. I love talking you up. You guys are a riot. Sending you lots of love. ps - we need a Wray reunion this summer!

    Shir - Can't wait to see you. You arrive tomorrow? In fact, you're probably in flight right now. We'll chat soon!

    Cris - ah, love all the "uninformed" (or underexposed?) unveiling themselves here. I miss you!

    Elizabeth - you will love "Watch for the Light" - it's been a treasure to me for several years now. The same editors put together a similar book for Easter and I have loved that one as well. Let me know when you get a chance to read from it. And I'm loving all the screenless company!

    Anne Marie - Seems that Christmas has everyone hyped up to an unusual level - we've had some rough evenings with lots of meltdowns. Glad Doug is back in town now - that will help. You're sweet to even read my gifts. Thank you. And you said this so well: "people who have left us can still continue to bless our lives, in ways that are seen and unseen." That is precisely how it was that night. Still praying for you each day. So glad you've seen changes for the positive. Email me an update if you have time. Much love.

  9. cath...what crazy target lady?!? i just grabbed one of the many red jumpsuits from my closet and of course was "just being myself!"

    lol! thanks for the luv! kels really is the genius behind it all...although i do find myself pumping up mentally before our "takes" as you have to leave behind all inhibition once the cameras start rolling!

    oh the lipstick....how much time do you have?! this might be a good new years resolution for you! haha! speaking of new year...let's plan something!

  10. WOW! I don't even know what to say to that. Amazing!


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