Olivia’s Advent Calendar had its humble beginnings in December 2009 after watching Grant’s Advent Calendar throughout the 2008 Advent season.
Olivia’s 2009 foray into the “family-friendly holiday video blog” genre went very well, including several podcasts successfully filmed, edited, and uploaded far from home (always a challenge), and a cameo appearance on Grant’s Day 23 episode for 2009.
For 2010, Olivia experimented with “green-screen” technology which allowed her to appear in different places, and also made it possible for Grant to make a cameo appearance in one of Olivia’s episodes from 3000 miles away… Nice! Olivia also held a contest for 2010 to see how many amusing and creative ways we could hide the word “GRANT” in episodes 1-24. When it was over, there were 92 of them.
For 2011, we returned to a less editing-intensive format. Editing and posting generally took less than an hour rather than the multi-hour marathons we did in 2010, and duties for the production were more evenly distrubuted among our family members (as you’ll see in the credits). The contest for 2011 featured identifying obscure references to Christmas-related movies and TV specials. How many did you get right?
We hope you enjoy Olivia’s Advent Calendar… watch it together as a family, let us hear from you here on the blog site, and as Grant would say, be sure to tell all your friends!