The holiday season is certainly a special time. As we march forward to a shiny New Year, something about Christmas tugs at the memories of our past. From cherished traditions, to stories from days gone by, this time of year is all about upholding family heritage and embracing those we love.
Here are some unique ways to preserve your family memories:
Make a Family Scrapbook
With all the modern technology floating around, there is something to be said about a good old fashioned scrapbook. Holding tattered photos from the past not only serves as a great teaching tool for little ones, but it can also help encourage those with memory loss to grab onto a piece of their past. Since the holidays center on drawing the generations together, this is a great family activity that everyone can take part in.
Collect Family Recipes
Most of us have memories around the kitchen table. Whether it was running around your mother's knees licking batter off the spoon, or the intoxicating smell of Christmas ham, one way or another the meals we share together evoke some pretty great stories. Take some time this holiday to write down some of your family's favorite holiday recipes. Store them in a special box and reminisce about what holiday dinner means to each of you.
Create a Family Time Capsule
Ask everyone in your family to bring something small to go in a family time capsule. Remember to bring things that represent each family member, even those who have already passed away. This can serve as a way to honor their memory. Here are some ideas of what might go inside:
- old letters
- movie stubs
- baby shoes
- newspaper articles
- trading cards
Keep a Family Journal
Leave a pretty bound journal out on your coffee table and invite your family to take a moment to write down a beloved memory, cherished tradition, or funny story. As the years go by you might be surprised to see how quickly this journal fills up with wonderful reminders of your family history. For those loved ones who are unable to write something, ask someone else to write down a memory about them or something that draws their story into this keepsake journal.
Record a Family Video
Seek out the most tech-savvy family member and collaborate in designing a short family video. You could write down a list of interview questions for each person. For example:
- What is your favorite food?
- Do you have a favorite holiday memory?
- If you were ice-cream, what flavor would you be?
- What was the happiest day of your life?
- What is your favorite type of music?
After the video is made, bust it out every year during the holidays and laugh about the answers! It might be surprising to see how much the answers have changed in a year, or how they have stayed the same. Creating a video is a great way to include your entire family, no matter where they live.