Christmas Journal to Remember Christmas Past
Christmas Journal to Remember Christmas Past
A Christmas journal became a passion for me one Christmas when the family was all gathered at the dinner table. You see, my kids are all grown up, and it had now become a big past time to talk about the subjects, “when we were little we….”. As we all began to reminisce about times past, I had a big eye opener because I discovered my children really don’t remember hardly anything about the past Christmas activities we did.
As I sat there at the table listening to all the conversations, I was thinking about all the work I did that went into decorating the house extra special for the kids, and the baking, and the parties that I made party favors for. It was a really busy and hectic time.
My children’s growing up was way back before iPhones, so pictures were not easily taken and so, of course, they weren’t. What photos that I actually did take weren’t developed (yes I had to get them developed) until months later. Guess what happened to them? They were looked at, did some nostalgic remembering and then tossed into a box for all prosperity to look at.
Needless to say, I have a large box full of pictures that have no date stamp on them. I don’t have any way to know what Christmas year it was or how old my kids were. The older I get, the less I remember what special things we did. I don’t know what family members gathered together during the holiday time or what special things we did that Christmas. Do you have pictures of the kids opening their gifts or better yet actually playing with the gifts they received?
When my kids were grown up to be teenagers we began playing games to win Christmas money. They no longer wanted the gifts of toys under the tree, so I started another tradition playing the card game hand and foot. It was the best thing ever because they enjoyed it so much we continued to have family time all through the year playing the game.
The most unfortunate result
The most unfortunate result is I don’t have something for the kids to go back and remember how good their childhood Christmas was. They don’t have something that would help guide them later when they have kids. Can you remember times when you were young and growing your family that you wished you had a go-to advise place? Well, a memory book can be that go to place.
If I had it all to do over I would have a journal that I would post the year on it and document everything. I would have pictures of everything we did, and I would write about who we were with, what gifts we got, what we ate. I wish I had pictures of all our Christmas trees we decorated. Believe me; some were dousies because I made decorating the tree a special event for my kids. You remember the trees where all the ornaments are on the bottom one-third of the tree and the tinsel was mostly on the floor instead of the tree. I didn’t want to upset there decorating so I would either save back ornaments that they didn’t see or I went and bought more to place in the upper part of the tree during the night. I would explain to my kids that while I was shopping, I couldn’t resist the special that was on ornaments, and I thought the new ones would go so nicely with their decorations. It seemed to work without upset. I also learned to buy ornaments for this purpose during the after Christmas sale and put them away to save money.
Did you ever make ornaments with your kids? That was something I did every year that I wish I had photos of. Did you bake cookies with your kids? What a mess our kitchen was during cookie decorating time, and once again no pictures. These are reasons why I am so passionate about making journals and encouraging people to document their special moments that pass by in the blink of an eye, believe me when you get to be my age; it is literately a blink of an eye.
Christmas lights have changed a lot over the years. My earliest remembrance is streets full of just the big bulb kind, and then I remember the icicles came, now oh my gosh the choices.
Why this Journal
I thought this book would be a great journal because for one it is the all-time big Christmas story and it is pictured in a nostalgic way of creating a perfect place for Christmas past. I made sure there was plenty of room to write and document your Christmas year and have room for those all important pictures you are going to take.
When I start having grandchildren, I will be better at saving the special moments because I have learned from my mistake with my kids. I want them to have what I missed.
I thank you for stopping by and listening to me ramble on and:
I wish for you to have the most wonderful Christmas!