Family Matters: This Family Sing-Along Is All the Holiday Spirit We Need This Year

Here at The Glow Up, we believe that the family that slays together stays together. But not all of us have been able to be with our families or get into the holiday spirit this year. (For reasons.) That’s why we have the Thompson family to thank for a much-needed dose of adorable to get us through an otherwise bleak holiday season, courtesy of their annual Christmas video.

If this family looks familiar to you, it’s because they’ve been doing this for twelve years now. The tradition that has evolved from plays put on by the family’s grandkids in the early aughts to full-scale, full-family productions since 2006, now produced by family filmmaker Shayla Racquel. And each video is a group lip-synch to a popular song—with this year’s honor rightly going to the recently departed Queen of Soul.

But perhaps you recognize this Earth, Wind & Fire-tracked gem from last year?

If, like me, you find yourself going down a rabbit hole and revisiting the family’s hits from 2015, 2014 and 2013, you’re in good company. (Frankly, we’re hoping they catch wind of this and put the rest online—does anyone know these folks?) But what we’re really loving is the abundant outpouring of collective joy and love ... which really is the reason for the season, isn’t it?


If you’re having a little trouble getting into the spirit this year—or just need a feel-good moment—it’s not too late. Just spend a little quality time with the Thompsons; they’ll get you there.

Maiysha Kai is Managing Editor of The Glow Up, co-host of The Root Presents: It's Lit! podcast, and your average Grammy-nominated goddess next door...May I borrow some sugar?

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That was the first Aretha song I heard after the announcement of her death so I wholeheartedly approve of this.