– How dare you? – [Chris] What’s wrong? (Jessica laughing) – Why did you? – [Chris] I zip tied Santa to the star. ♪ It’s vlogmas, vlogmas and
it’s time to celebrate ♪ ♪ Vlogmas ♪ Good morning, everyone! Guess what we’re doing today? – Decorating our tree. – [Chris] We’re decorating our tree. ♪ Decorating our tree ♪ ♪ Decorating our tree ♪ ♪ And hanging our stockings up ♪ ♪ And hanging our stockings up ♪ What is that? – Me. – [Chris] Where did
that ornament come from? – Me. – [Chris] Where did you make this? – At Cubbies. – [Chris] You made it at Cubbies? Is this a picture of you at Cubbies? – Yeah.
– Oh, my goodness. We’ve got a bin full
of Christmas ornaments and we are decorating our Christmas tree. Decorating the Christmas
tree is one of my favorite parts of the holiday
because of all the memories you pull out of that
box and put on the tree. All the different ornaments
come from different times in our life and so, we
get to remember things that have happened in the past. I think it’s super cool. – This is perfect! – [Chris] What is it? – It’s got Winnie the
Pooh on it and it says my first Christmas. – [Chris] Oh, my goodness. – This is Duncan’s stocking,
but we don’t have a Duncan. – [Chris] We’ve got a me stocking holder and a mommy stocking holder
and a Bailey stocking holder. How old were you in this picture? – [Bailey] Seven maybe? – [Chris] Seven? And, a Jacob. Oh my goodness, you
guys have grown so much. And, look at little baby Parker. But, we don’t have a Duncan one yet. This looks new. Where’d this come from? – Jacob made it.
– The box. – [Chris] Jacob, you made this? – Yep, it’s a Santa sleigh. – [Chris] It’s Santa’s sleigh? When did you make this? – Today. – [Chris] Today? You made this today? Look at this. He made it out of hot glue and, it looks like, Popsicle sticks, a little mini figure thing. Ooh, who made that? – Me. – [Chris] You made that? – Yeah. – That’s awesome. Yeah, put it on the tree. Oh, my goodness, you found him. I thought he’d gone away forever, but no, creepy Santa is back. (kids laughing) Look at creepy Santa. For those of you who don’t know, creepy Santa comes from
Jessica’s childhood. He has a very crusty beard, (kids laughing) somewhat menacing eye shadow, his coat is coming apart, there’s a needle just stuck in there, just to keep it all together,
which isn’t working, but it is making it more dangerous. I think last year, we
replaced dirty Santa. I think we put a star on
top of our tree last year. Right? – I think we shouldn’t
replace it this year. I think we should use creepy Santa. – You’re going to bring creepy Santa back? Creepy Santa back on the
tree, back where he belongs? For now, we’re going to put
creepy Santa right here. Oh, my goodness, look at
all of these treasures. – [Bailey] Whose is this? – [Chris] Christmas is
a time to celebrate. Oh, who is this little gingerbread woman? – [Bailey] Me. I remember making that. – [Chris] Side by side comparison. Bailey, you’re so grown up now. Look at your little baby cheeks. Whose first time decorating
the Christmas tree is it? It’s Duncan. – Look what you’re doing, buddy. This is your Christmas tree. – [Chris] What do you think of that? – Do you see it? You can touch it gently. You can smell it, but no eating. Doesn’t that smell good? Yeah, touch it gently. Good. Good boy. – [Bailey] Look, isn’t this perfect. – That’s the perfect
stocking for you, Duncan. – It’s got Winnie the Pooh on it and it says my first Christmas. – He doesn’t know what a stocking is yet, but I’ll bet he’ll think it’s very soft. Yeah, that’s nice, isn’t it? His eyes are so blue. Look at how they’re glowing. – [Chris] Oh, my goodness,
your eyes are so blue. – People ask all the time. People are always like, are
his eyes going to stay blue? And, I’m like, no they’re not. There’s no way, but
then we have days like, look at these eyes. What? (Duncan babbling, sounding like thank you) Thank you. You’re welcome.
(Bailey laughing) You’re welcome, my prince. – [Bailey] I can’t believe he did that. He’s like, thank you. – So, being polite is really
important with the Ballingers and if you’re six month old,
you need to say thank you. Duncan’s learning very quickly. (Duncan babbling) – [Chris] Yeah? (everyone laughing) – Doing a good job, buddy. What if, his eyes actually stayed blue? That would be so wild. Can you guys imagine if
all our family pictures were all kind of dark and then, blue eyes? I was kinda like that when I was a kid because I was the only
person in my family that– – [Bailey] He said thank you again. – You are just too polite, mister. You’re welcome. – [Chris] Let’s see your eyes. – No, not with my eyes,
but I was the only blonde. I was very blond and my mom and my dad and my sister had very dark brown hair. I always looked very strange. So, maybe that’ll be you,
the strange, blue-eyed baby. But, Christopher’s dad has blue eyes and my grandma has blue eyes,
so it’s always a possibility. – There is a chance. I have weird green eyes
that are different colored on both sides.
– Aren’t his eyes pretty? – See my eyes, how
they’re different colored? It’s weird. – [Jessica] Yours are brown. – No, they’re both the same.
– Daddy, I found the other bin. I found the other bin.
– Mine are dark. – [Chris] Bailey’s are almost purple. I’ve always said that about your eyes. I think they’re almost purple. – [Jessica] Like Elizabeth Taylor. – What? – I said, like Elizabeth Taylor. – [Bailey] Who’s that? – She’s an actress who people
would say had violet eyes. – [Chris] Duncan, your eyes are so pretty. – You mean violet?
– Say thank you, Duncan. (Duncan babbling, sounding like thank you) – [Chris] And, look at this guy’s eyes. Handsome. – Dark. – Dark eyes.
– Dark. – [Jessica] Dark, but a
little lighter than Bailey’s. – [Jessica] And then, lightest. – [Chris] Yeah, yours
are like mine, kinda. – Parker’s eyes look a
lot like Christopher’s now and, for the longest time,
when Parker was a baby, they were, like, a
really pretty slate gray and even, I think on
Instagram, like four years ago, we used to post Parker’s eyes and be like, what color are they going to be? And, I thought they might
be blue, but they turned, so now, by the time it’s come to Duncan, I’m like, there’s no chance. But, maybe, mister. Maybe. Wouldn’t that be funny? So, we have Santa of my childhood. This is Duncan’s first time seeing it. You okay with that? – [Chris] Don’t let him touch it. There’s very sharp things
holding him together. – We’ve got lots of
needles in my creepy Santa of my childhood. I love this little Santa. – [Chris] I like his little hands. His little hands are
the most charming thing. They’re dirty, but they’re charming. – [Jessica] No, his eyes. His little jovial expression. – [Chris] Those eyes are
up to something sneaky. I don’t know about those eyes. – I like his eyes.
– I like him. He’s my special Santa. – [Chris] I always like how
his mustache is painted on, but his beard is– Why is it so brown?
(laughing) Why in the world is his beard that brown? – Oh, he’s got a little smile in there. – [Chris] He’s a mess. – It’s dangerous, that’s for sure. I don’t even know what
that’s pinning at this point. – [Chris] Oh, no, it’s just a sword. He’s well-armed. What do you think of creepy Santa? What do you think? – He wants to be his friend.
– Best friends? We’re going to have to wash
you after touching that. Jacob found some more
ornaments in the garage, so we’re going to go out
here and check it out. Yep, this has the star. That, right there, is the
star we used last year and then, we’ve got this
little, fun thing here. That’s got a lot in there. All right, let’s bring them out. – So, there’s this ornament
that I really, really like that makes music when you turn the handle and it’s got Mickey Mouse
and everyone moves and stuff. Do you know where that is? – I do not know. Was that one of the ones you got special? I’m sure we’ll find it. We’ve got more boxes to open up, right? – Really? – [Chris] I’m sure there’s a box somewhere that’s got stuff.
– Yeah. – [Chris] In fact, I hear Jacob. He’s bringing in the ladder. – [Jessica] Oh, here he comes. Uh oh, is he deciding
against my Santa right now? – Rivalry.
– No! No, no, no, no.
– What is he doing? What is he? Oh, beat you to it! Beat you to it with the Santa. I totally beat you to it with the Santa. – No, look. – [Chris] It’s a shooting star. – [Jessica] Give that to
me and we’ll just go ahead and put it right there. – [Chris] Somewhere in
the middle slash bottom. – [Bailey] Here, I will help. – [Chris] This is the
saddest Christmas tree. – [Bailey] Hold on. – [Chris] Here we go. – [Jessica] Wait, I got this. We got this, guys.
– It’s just stick out the side. – [Bailey] I have another tree
that we need the star for. – [Chris] Wait, I have an idea, everyone. I have an idea. I’ll be right back with Santa Claus. Don’t worry. – [Jessica] Okay, what’s next? What other Christmas
treasures can you find? – I found a whole bunch. Look at this.
– Ooh! That one’s nice and Bailey found one of my classics. That, Bailey, is super cool because, do you know
what it is made out of? – Egg. – [Jessica] That is correct. That is made out of an egg. – Who made it?
– How cool of a craft is that? – Why doesn’t it smell rotten? – Because the egg was emptied and cleaned. So, see the bottom part,
how there’s felt on it? That was where they emptied
out all the egg’s guck and they cleaned it all out and rinsed it and put felt on it and then
those little pipe cleaners. That’s how they made Christmas
ornaments in mommy’s day. The kids are looking through
all our ornaments right now and I know people do
ornaments differently. Some people will just go to a store and buy all the pretty ones that all match or they’ll all get one
from a certain company or a certain theme and, in our family,
we’re a mishmash of love and pretty and not pretty. Are you excited to hear
about what our family does? Ha. Ha. Duncan has a very hilarious
laugh because he just goes ha. Heh heh heh. It’s very funny. You funny guy. Heh heh heh. We have ornaments from my childhood, we have ornaments from
Christopher’s childhood, we have ornaments from
all the kids’ childhoods, and we also have some pretty random ones that are just pretty-looking. – Or, gifts. – Gifts, yeah. My mom will usually give me one pretty-looking ornament a year and then, we also have crafts.
(Duncan giggling) You are such a goose. – [Chris] All right,
arts and crafts are done. What do you think, Parker? – How dare you? – [Chris] What’s wrong? (Jessica laughing) – What did you? – [Chris] I zip tied Santa to the star. – Why? – [Chris] ‘Cuz now he’s
a shining Santa Claus. I think it looks pretty cool. – I think Parker is so
loyal and I’m so impressed. – What?
– Just use the Santa Claus. – [Chris] Because this
is so much more hipster. – No. No.
– Are you team mommy? – No. – I want the star to just be on there. – You guys want the star?
– The star on the tree? – Yeah.
– I thought you were loyal to my Santa. – [Chris] No, we need
the Santa Claus on there. – I love the Santa Claus. Please, just– My whole life has been the
Santa Claus, not the star. – [Chris] Except for last year. Last year was the star. – That was just last year. That’s just one year. All the rest of my nine years, I had that Santa Claus. – [Chris] Well, now I’m
combining your years. – Listen, Miranda, that
sounds like Uncle Jim. Let’s click this together. – Cut the zip tie and just use the Santa. – [Chris] Let’s just see
if this stays on the tree. Can we do that? – Yeah, I think it’s a good solution. I think it works, you guys. – [Chris] Okay, here we go. Let’s see. ♪ Oh, Santa star ♪ ♪ Oh, Santa star ♪ ♪ You’re going on our tree. ♪ – [Jessica] Aw, he’s so precious. Yes! – [Chris] Look over us as we sleep. (laughing) Oh, creepy Santa’s moving. – I love it. I love it, it’s perfect. It’s the meaning of Christmas. (Chris and Jessica laughing)
– No! – [Chris] It’s the side view. He’s so bent over.
– Santa strikes again! – Okay, the tree is coming together, but we need to take a break. The kids have gymnastics,
so we’re going to go head over and do that and
then, we’ll come back here and finish decorating our Christmas tree. – Something we haven’t told you guys is that we have actually started the kids in some gymnastics classes. Parker was just loving doing cartwheels and doing flips and doing handstands and I was actually getting
worried for his safety because I felt like he was doing them, but without any instruction
and he kept doing them, trying to do handstands where he’d start by putting his head on the ground, like, bonking his head on the ground, then lifting his feet up and
I couldn’t get him to stop. So, we put him into a gymnastics class and he has been loving
it, loving it, loving it, and I don’t think we’re
going to film much of them in actual classes. We might throw it in every once in awhile, but, in general, we’ll
probably avoid that. I know some people do, but
we don’t feel as comfortable showing the kids in classroom
settings, except for today. We’re going to show
you a little bit today, but then we probably won’t
be doing it that often. And then, Bailey and Jacob
have enrolled in a ninja class where they’re doing parkour. Have you seen that show,
America Ninja Warrior or something like that? It’s like a Gladiator show. So, they’re doing things like that because they’re less
interested in gymnastics. Bailey might do gymnastics, but she’s kinda on the fence about it. Jacob was like, no gymnastics, please, but they really wanted
to be ninja warriors, so they’re learning how
to do all kinds of crazy, really cool things and
it’s great for their body and I’m really excited
about the physicality that they’re learning and doing in it. So, just a general
update, we’re doing that. You may not see a lot of it. Maybe later you’ll see
the results of it at home when Parker’s doing his
really cool cartwheels that he’s actually, like,
already super talented in doing. Who knows? So, we’re off to take the kids
to their classes right now. They’re very excited. They love their gymnastics day. (La, La, La by Otis McDonald) – We just got home from gymnastics and Santa is drooping even
more than he was before. What do you think of
that droopy Santa Claus? – He wants him to be a drool-y
Santa Claus is what I think. Duncan agrees. – Let’s make a Duncan face. – [Jacob] Let’s be like a Duncan face. – I wanna tell you big news. – [Chris] You have big news? What’s your big news? – That I have another class
and it’s only in six days. – Parker today got noticed
by the special instructor and they saw how good his cartwheels were and they asked him to be
in the advanced class. He gets to be on the floor
with all the big kids getting ready to be a
fancy gymnast or something. I don’t know. Parker’s very talented and
I’m glad to support him in whatever that entails. I’m a little nervous. I hope it doesn’t get too intense. I don’t want him to get, I don’t know, too, too, too competitive or anything. He’s happy and excited,
so I’m excited for him and I think it’s really cool. Love you, sweetie. I’m so proud of you. – The room that we’re
in only has one lamp, which is in the corner right there and so, I brought in
our actual lighting kit, so it’s a little blinding,
but at least you can see us, so that’s good news, but I just found this box, which is full of all kinds of goodies and I think a lot of
the missing ornaments, that we cherish so dear, are inside here. You wanna take a look inside? Oh, boy. That’s the one Bailey was looking for. Let’s see it. (siren wailing and music playing) Fancy. Oh, everything’s moving. Donald’s over there. (siren wailing and music playing) – [Darth Vader] This will be
a holiday long remembered. Naughty or nice lists do not concern me. I want gifts, not excuses. Oh, Christmas tree. (heavy inhalation) Oh, Christmas tree (heavy inhalation) Your lack of lights disturbs me. (Jacob giggling) (upbeat Christmas jazz music) – [Chris] Oh, my goodness. Look at this cozy fire
and, oh, my goodness, look at this cozy family. – My cozy little elf. – [Chris] Yeah, Bailey got
changed into her pajamas and they are the coziest
pajamas I have ever seen. They’re super cozy? – Yeah, I’m gonna wear them on Christmas. – [Chris] Oh, my goodness,
they are super soft. Super soft. – And, I’m covered in boys. – [Chris] You are covered in boys. So, we got all these ornaments
out to hang on the tree and everybody decided it
was time to take a break. (Jessica laughing) – Duncan’s laughing. Do you see him? – Well, this seems like
the perfect opportunity to tell you guys that
tomorrow we’re going to go to Universal Studios. (excited cheering) And see all their holiday decorations. (excited cheering) And, go on all their rides. (excited cheering) – And, we’re gonna check if Water World is Christmas-themed. – Oh, that’d be pretty wild.
– Yeah. – I have never seen Universal
Studios Christmas-themed and I read some article the other day saying that the Harry
Potter castle was fancy. Or, it’s not the castle, is it? It’s the school, huh, Bailey? – [Chris] Is that this
park or the Orlando one? – I think it’s at this park. I think it’s happening right
now and we have our passes, so we can just go, so I
figured we should check it out. – So, make sure you tune in
tomorrow to see how awesome the castle slash school is. The Hogwarts, how awesome
it is at holiday-warts. Is that how you say that? We’ll be checking it
our for the first time. None of us have seen any of
the decorations that they do at that park.
– For Christmas. Is there something for Grinch? Grinch-mas? – [Chris] I think it is. I think it’s a merry Grinch-mas. – Ooh. – So, maybe we’ll see some Grinch. I love the Grinch. I used to watch the cartoon
version of the Grinch every single year and, I
think, my kids do now, right? – For Christmas. – And we read the book all the time. Like, I start reading
that book in October. – Did you notice that
Duncan, I think he laughs every time the camera’s flipped. – [Chris] Okay, let’s try it. Okay, so the camera is
flipped towards me right now. Duncan. (Jessica and Duncan laughing) – He totally does. – [Chris] Okay, it’s flipped
towards me right now. Ready? Hey, Duncan? Duncan? Duncan?
– Look at daddy. Look up. – I flipped it. (Jessica laughing) (Duncan laughing) (everyone else laughing) Okay, it’s flipped towards me. Ready? Flipped towards Duncan. Not as funny anymore. It’s towards me, it’s towards
me, it’s towards Duncan. (Duncan laughing) (everyone else laughing) I’m gonna go in the
bathroom so you can see what I’m talking about ‘cuz
it’s kinda hard to tell, but it looks like this. With our camera, I can
flip this little thing and see myself and so, anytime
the camera’s like this, he doesn’t really respond,
but when I do this, then he laughs, I think
‘cuz he can see himself. Pretty funny. – Look at how ridiculous this is. It says mele kalikimaka
and it’s Santa surfing. – [Jessica] Isn’t that funny? I think Auntie Panties brought
that back for us one year. – It’s funny. – [Jessica] Oh, my goodness,
the tree is looking incredible. I love it! – It’s actually beginning
to look a lot like Christmas ♪ Everywhere you go ♪ – Hi. Let’s talk about what we learned today. We learned that this is creepy
Santa and he is well-armed. We learned that my kids don’t respond well when I mess with the tree topper. And finally, we learned
that Duncan likes it best when he can see himself in the viewfinder. Thanks for watching, everybody. We’ll see you next time. (Parker giggling) Thanks again for watching, everybody. I want to know in the comment section, what is a hobby that you have? Parker’s really into gymnastics. I want to know what you’re into. So, tell us in the comment
section down below. Also, be sure to click
the video next to me. It’s a year ago from today and the video above me is from yesterday. So, you can check either
of those videos right now.