Saving Holiday Memories

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How do you capture those special holiday memories?

Album 1

I try to take a lot of pictures, but I also keep a notebook just for Christmas.

This isn’t one I use for planning or lists, it’s an album the family can look through.

I try to keep it easy and simple, or else I wouldn’t do it.

Album 2

Each year I add one or two pages. I choose four to six photos, and I spend a few minutes writing about our favorite memories from that year’s Christmas.

Album 3

What might be included?

  • Where we lived and worked.
  • Fun events and parties.
  • Recipes to make again.
  • Special gifts given.
  • Favorite traditions started and kept.
  • Christmas trees and decorations.
  • Funny things said.
  • Who was there.
  • Places traveled.
  • Blessings counted.

I hope I get to look through it in fifty years and see how our family has grown and celebrated one of our favorite times of the year.

Dear friends, thank you so much for reading and sharing your ideas. I have so enjoyed reading your comments! I hope that you are able to find a few moments of peace this week.
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  1. I love this idea – what a fantastic keepsake! This year I’ve kept a gratitude journal that has grown to include recipes, daydreams, hopes and plans…along with some pictures and the like. When I first started using it, I was expecting it to be my planner, but I love that it’s evolved into more of a memory book.

    Merry Christmas!

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  2. This is a wonderful idea! I’ve always liked the idea of scrapbooking, but don’t really have the time or money to invest in it. Something like this wouldn’t be expensive or even very time-consuming. Thanks for sharing :)

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  3. I don’t think you’re the traditional scrapbooker but Ali Edwards does a Daily December Book just some photos and words about the goings on in Dec that year. It can be as complicated or super simple. I’m doing it this year and it’s been fun and my book is a little behind but I like what I have so far. Your idea is on the same lines so Ali’s is just another option, here’s her link:

    Mindy´s last blog post..Christmas Disappointment

  4. I’m stealing this idea for sure. Merry Christmas Rachel and family.

  5. I didn’t get around to showcasing my journal, but we do the same thing. I put our favorite holiday recipes in, our photo from our Christmas card, the letters to Santa (in a special hiding spot until they are older), and then I share what they asked for, their favorite things, etc…

    It is so great to look back and see how they change through the years!

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  6. I really love your “do-able” ideas! This post, especially in the age of insatiable desire for stuff, is a reminder that Christmas is NOT about all of that. In fifty years, no one will remember that they got a new sweater or ipod, but a thoughtful gift – a gift of time, words, memories or resources shared with those in need is truly a gift of eternal value. And as a non-scrapbooker, I appreciate your simple book that will be just as precious to your family as one with all the fancy frills.

  7. What a great idea! Love it. I am not a scrapbooker, nor have I ever wanted to be. I don’t have the desire to spend the time or money on such but I love this practical idea which can capture so much for years to come. Thanks for sharing.

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  8. I’ve been wanting to do this exact thing since I had my first baby, I wish I had done it then. maybe I should stop procrastinating and start this year, it’d be such a wonderful keepsake when I’m old and grey

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  9. Mindy, I’ve seen Ali’s work. I like how she puts an emphasis on journaling, for the things that photos can’t capture.

    Amy – I love the idea of including Christmas letters to Santa! How great, I will do that for sure.

  10. I love that, what a sweet idea. I agree that simple is definitely better.

    I just started a holiday book this year. It’s just a journal where R and I write down a few sentences about what we did and maybe paste in a couple of pictures. I started it because the years we’ve been together are starting to blend some, and really want to remember the specifics of what we did. My blog helps with that, too, since I’ve been blogging so long.

    Thanks so much for sharing all your great ideas here. Have a Merry Christmas!

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  11. V. Higgins says:

    That’s an awesome idea. I hope you have a blessed, peaceful Christmas.
    Sadly, we lost my grandpa yesterday so prayer would be appreciated.

  12. great idea – we were actually given a book that is specifically for something like that when we got married…unfortunately, I have yet to use it. Maybe this year will be the charm! :) Merry Christmas!

    jodi @ bpr´s last blog post..The Truth about Santa Claus

  13. Oh V I’m so sorry. I’ll be glad to pray for you and your family.

  14. What a wonderful idea! I’d love to do that in digital format somehow so I could easy give my kids a copy when they grow up. Mmmm…now you’ve got me thinkin’! :)
    Merry Christmas by the way! Hope it is filled with wonder!

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  15. That’s a fantastic idea- I am a procrastinating scrapbooker, and I am sure that it is because I am such a perfectionist. What a liberating alternative for me! Thanks for the peek into your “small holiday notebook”. :-)

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  16. I love this idea…I will definitely be copying it.

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  17. I love this idea, Rachel. I often get caught up in wanting to make things elaborate and perfect, whereas your idea captures the season without requiring 100 hours of labor. ;)

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  18. I love this idea. I use to do one that I could refer to (i.e. what the kids liked getting for Christmas, what worked, what didn’t), but I love the idea of having a Christmas book that anyone could look through…Since we can never remember who puts the angel on top of the tree from year to year…(the same child has done it 3 years in a row..) I think this is a great way to keep track!

  19. Thank you so much for your wonderful ideas. As my Google Reader fills with more and more “good ideas” for Christmas, it is your posts that have inspired me and helped me feel connected to other simple families.

    After reading this post, I finally created a digital daybook on Typepad (private) so that I can capture not only holiday memories but also every day. Thanks for the inspiration.

    Nina´s last blog post..Merry Christmas

  20. I have tons of pictures and a few scrapbooking doo dads, but I get burned out when I attempt to do it just so, so. This is a lovely idea Rachel, that’s just so, so, simple.