Now is the time to start planning for Christmas.
What! You say. I just got through with that task and it required a lot of work.
Many who know me know that I consider memoirs to be a preservation of history. These memoirs can be presented in many different formats—not just books. And they make great Christmas gifts.
Two of the favorite gifts members of my family received this year were books and pictures. The pictures can be presented in different formats, but all are appreciated equally. Collecting photographs throughout the year means that you will be ready for Christmas with gifts that will be highly appreciated and will mean that your Christmas expenditures will be less. Photographs make Christmas memorable and less hectic.
Calendars: I know of a member of one large family who gives calendars. Photographs of the family are gathered during the year. Family members are also asked to contribute photos of each family member. These are put into a calendar and each member of the family receives a calendar to be used for the following year.
She has been doing this for more than 30 years so each of the albums is a “history” of what the family has been doing that year. These calendars are highly anticipated by each family member.
It is interesting to see the children who have looked at these calendars over the years as part of their family gift, and as they have grown into young adults to start receiving their own calendar. They cherish these calendars.
Albums: Albums are great gifts and a way to share family history. These albums can be of events, of families, of children only, particularly newborns. I look forward to the one I receive each year of my great grandchildren. Since they are for a specific year and put into a book/album with the year, they become family history or memoirs that will be shared for generations.
Individual Pictures: These can be individual pictures of a special activity, scenery, person(s), pet(s), etc. They can be framed, put in a collage, put in an album, book, scrapbook or … use your imagination.
A written dialogue explaining the photograph enhances the gift even more and is an added bonus. It really means that the picture is captured for future generations to be able to see and read about. Even if the sender doesn’t provide written dialogue, the recipient can add their own dialogue to the picture, really preserving the memory.