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Muscatine Family Creates Stop-Motion Memories


One Muscatine family is really animating the holidays this year.
The family is giving a new experience to their younger children. There are 23-videos the Hanna family made for their two young sons up on YouTube, one for each day before Christmas. you can even watch the reaction videos of the boys laughing and seeing the videos for the first time. 
Every morning they woke up early to watch their Christmas toys come to life.

Four and five-year-old brothers Hayden and Porter have been waking up to a Christmas surprise every day of the advent this year. 
Their parents Joshua and Holly Hanna, with the help of some holiday toys, have been creating homemade, stop-animation Christmas videos to celebrate the season. 

"Definitely wanted to do it for the kids because we just imagined what their reaction would be like in the morning and it certainly came to fruition," said Holly Hanna. "Each morning was hysterical."

"Coming up with like, really fun ways to make the animals come to life," said Joshua Hanna. "How are we going to get Shaun White to do a 360 on a snow board? That was fun too, teaching the kids about the Winter Olympics that will be coming up."
The couple shot and edited the videos each night often taking two-to-three hours. Instead of chocolate, their children would get something different each day. 

"They would open up a new toy and then the toy would get incorporated into that evening's adventure," said Holly.
One night, Joshua and Holly were so tired they decided not to make a video but their helper elf, 16-year-old son Jonah couldn't let his little brothers go without one.

"I was kinda thinking of the disappointment when they woke up and there wasn't a video so I kinda said, you know what I'm just going to do it," said Jonah. "I'm going to stay up for however long I have to stay up and I'm just going to get one done."
The Hanna's say this project was a special way to bond with their kids while teaching them about the Christmas season. They hope these videos will be a keepsake for their family for years to come.

You can watch all of the Hanna's videos RIGHT HERE.


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