You are decorating the tree for Christmas. As you go through the boxes of ornaments, you are reminded of the stories they represent.
- A ceramic disk complete with a handprint in the middle reminds you of your oldest child as a toddler.
- A skier with a broken leg is a memento of a special Christmas trip with an unexpected ending.
- Red construction paper covered with macaroni – made in school by your second child.
- A long string of popcorn interspersed with cranberries reminds you of laughter while creating a garland for the tree.
- And individual pieces of tinsel passed down from past generations that are hung with such care.
This is a perfect time to start jotting down family stories that you can put together later to share with friends and family.
There are a couple of ways you can do this.
- An easy way is to take a picture of the ornament with a smartphone. Then email the picture to yourself. Use the recording function of the phone to dictate the story of the ornament. You can always add additional details at a later time.
- Keep a journal or a pad of paper in the room with the tree. Take some time every day to look at one of the ornaments – take a photo and/or make a rough sketch of it in the journal. Write down as much as you can remember about the ornament’s story. Who brought it into the home? Was it a souvenir of a special trip?
If decorating doesn’t fit your life this year, you can do a similar exercise while looking at photos from past Christmases.
If you don’t celebrate Christmas, you and your family most likely still decorate for one of the many holidays in November, December, and/or January, and you can create a record of those decorations.
Another thing to journal about is the smells and tastes of the holidays.
After the holidays are over, you can go back and expand your memories. You can then use these stories to create a book for your family using one of the photo companies such as Shutterfly or Snapfish.
You can also use these stories to illustrate points in articles and books that you write for your business.
However you use these memories, you will find a renewed connection to your family and friends to carry in your heart.
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