The holiday season is filled with so many new memories each year — how can you remember them all? Even the fondest of holiday memories will fade in time unless you find a way to preserve them now. Start a Christmas memory book this year and begin a tradition that your family can carry on for generations.
Even the most mundane of details take on greater significance when shared years later. Write down special visitors who stopped by, whose house you visited while delivering cookies, holiday celebrations you attended and who else was there. Lots of things change over the years — favorite neighbors move away, children just keep getting older and beloved family members pass away. Documenting these interactions with family and friends helps us remember and reflect on the holidays.
One fun thing to capture each year is a favorite holiday season memory from each family member. It doesn't have to be important to anyone else, just memorable to them. Maybe your husband loved seeing your expression when the tree fell over or your son couldn't get enough of watching holiday movies as a family. As your children get older, their favorite things will change — and looking back will bring a smile.
So many Christmas cards wind up being thrown away when the holidays end. Each year, there are always a few from friends or relatives that really take the prize. Whether it's the hysterical family picture or just a beautiful message, keep a few of your favorites each year to add to your book — and one of yours, of course.
This isn't about the most expensive thing or the craziest, but those gifts that you always want to remember. Maybe it's the year your son received his first bicycle, or your daughter was given the stuffed rabbit she still sleeps with. Remembering who gave your family cherished items at Christmas is a great way to keep them in your hearts.
If you have a tradition of visiting Santa — at the local mall or elsewhere — including a memory and a photo of your annual visit in your Christmas memory book is crucial. In future years when your little kids are teens, these photos will make them groan — and make you grin.
You can make your own scrapbook and use your imagination, or you can order one that is intended to be a Christmas memory book. Most of these have enough pages to last for 20 to 25 years, plenty of time for your little family to make lasting memories. We found a few to check out.
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