Nick Confalone, a writer for the Disney Channel cartoon Fish Hooks, edited a home video footage his father filmed every December 25 to chart his sister and himself growing up over 25 years.
The video, which was posted on YouTube, shows the changes in Confalone family’s lives over a quarter of century.
The footage begins in 1985 and shows the two children clambering down the staircase in their pyjamas as toddlers to see what Santa Claus has left under the Christmas tree.
In the following years, their styles change – as does their willingness to be featured on the home video.
By 1991, a dog has entered the scene and in one of the last scenes, the girl’s boyfriend is brought into the family tradition. The tape is accompanied by the song Christmas Time by Vince Guaraldi.
Nick Confalone explained: “Every year, for pretty much my entire life, Dad has videotaped me and my sister coming down the stairs on Christmas morning.
“As teenagers, we begrudgingly accepted our fathers tradition, but as we grew up we realized we were part of something special – dare I say, <<something magical>>.”