It is Bill Anderton's long-time tradition to make a short video production to serve as a Christmas card to be used on his websites during Christmastide. This year we're bringing back last year's Christmas card by popular demand.
The practice of making a video Christmas card began about six years ago as a way to say Merry Christmas to our visitors during the days immediately before and after Christmas.
Typically, these videos are short productions of only several minutes duration and are produced just for the fun of it. These videos use a variety of techniques. In the past, these techniques have included beautifully photographed Christmas scenes, video from Christmas mission projects, animated stills photographs of classical art, 2-D and 3-D animations.
This year's Christmas Card features a photo-realism-style 3-D computer animation of a wintery scene with a sound track composed of sound effects and the carol "What Child Is This" played on a child's simple music box:
What child is this, who, laid to rest,
On Mary's lap is sleeping?
Whom angels greet with anthems sweet,
While shepherds watch are keeping?
This, this is Christ the King,
Whom shepherds guard and angels sing:
Haste, haste to bring him laud,
The babe, the son of Mary.
Why lies he in such mean estate
Where ox and ass are feeding?
Good Christian, fear: for sinners here
The silent Word is pleading.
So bring him incense, gold, and myrrh,
Come, peasant, king, to own him.
The King of kings salvation brings,
Let loving hearts enthrone him.