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Be the Coolest Dad in the Neighborhood

My daughter chasing snowflakes on her playroom wall. It might not be a white Christmas outside, but for a girl from Texas, it’s pretty darn close.

As a father, there are many rites of passage that no parenting book can ever prepare me for. Early morning soccer games, tackling picky appetites and playtime clean-up can be challenging (how can something so small make such an epic mess?). However, few paternal challenges test my fatherly abilities like hosting the holidays.

Keeping everyone happy and entertained under one roof is one thing, but the real pressure comes while determining how to stand out in the sea of neighborhood holiday decorations. Blinking lights and the oversized inflatable Santa are great, but there’s nothing like putting a large, dynamic image up on a wall. That’s when I turn to AtmosFX, a company offers a holiday line of digital decorations called AtmosCheerFX. When projected onto a flat surface, the digital content offers a life-like holiday experience.

I’ve projected AtmosFX’s DVD collections for several holidays and birthdays–including Halloween–and adults and kids alike are amazed by it. Last Halloween, my neighbor blew up a giant inflatable King Kong and stuck it in his front lawn.  Not wanting to be the lame Dad, I projected Nightmare Before Christmas on the front of my house using an Epson Moviemate projector.  Within minutes, my doorstep look liked the mosh pit at a raucous Taylor Swift concert.  Even in a society that’s grown a little numb to the magic of things, I’ve had crowds of people stop on our front lawn to take it all in.

The best part is that everyone assumes it’s a complicated and expensive setup, when in reality, all I need is three things: a projector, a flat surface (in truth, it doesn’t even need to be all that flat) and a DVD player. In much less time than it takes to hang the lights on my house, I’ve got a 300-inch digital Santa display that puts the old man’s leg lamp to shame. You can project onto the front window, the side of the house and even onto the garage door.

I’d love to hear from other dads on their holiday secrets. Please post your comment here.

Photo Credit: Jason Palmer

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