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How to Start a Christmas Memory Book

Updated on November 18, 2012

A Christmas Memory

our Family Christmas Memory Book started in 1964.
our Family Christmas Memory Book started in 1964. | Source

Memory Book Poll ~

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Christmas Memories to Cherish ~

Christmas is an ideal time to start a memory book or memory album which can be stored with the Christmas decorations and kept going and updated through the Christmases to come.

A Christmas memory book will capture all those special and unique memories for you and your family which future generations will love to cherish and reflect upon.

The reason I know this is because we have such a memory book in our family which was started in 1964 and is updated and kept going to this day.

It has been something we have all enjoyed reading at different moments in our lives and is regarded as an important family heirloom.

A Family Heirloom Christmas Memory Book

our family memory book started in 1964 by my mum and dad continues to this day.
our family memory book started in 1964 by my mum and dad continues to this day. | Source

Memory Book Ideas ~

Occasion for Memory Book
Anniversary
Baby
Birthday
School
Travel
Thanksgiving
University

Our Family Heirloom ~

The book today remains with my dad who has kept it going since my mum passed away in 1997.Opening it you feel as if you should be wearing a pair of those white gloves you see historical document handler's wearing.

It’s not the prettiest memory book you will see by any means. A plain university notebook that has masking tape to reinforce the binder which holds years of documented Christmas memories. Now there are two books attached together now the family has grown and expanded.

All the scribbles, ticks, different coloured inks and age stains only add to the character and authenticity of this book which holds not just one Christmas memory but forty-eight years of wonderful memories.

Most of our family book was written by my mum but the more recent entries are written by either my dad or by me.

It acts as a reminder of all those loved ones that are no longer with us notably grandparents, my mum and family friends who are all featured in our Christmas memory book.

The great thing to see is the newer generations taking an interest and wanting to know more about their parents, grandparents and great grandparents.

They also love to see what gifts each got when they were babies! Something that started out as a mere notebook has become part of our family tradition and one that I treasure greatly.

Family Memories to Cherish

family photos are great to include in a memory book.
family photos are great to include in a memory book. | Source

Christmas Memories Through The Years

with the passing of time new generations take over the entering of memories.
with the passing of time new generations take over the entering of memories. | Source
children start writing their lists for santa clause which help parents.
children start writing their lists for santa clause which help parents. | Source

Quotes on Memories ~

I walk down memory lane because I know that I'll find you there - Unknown Author


Take care of all your memories. For we cannot relive them - Bob Dylan


I miss the past, I know I'll never get it back but at least I have the memories - Unknown Author


When we recall Christmas past, we usually find that the simplest things - not the great occasions - give off the greatest glow of happiness - Bob Hope

Starting a Christmas Memory Book ~

This is as easy as buying a notebook, picking up a pen and starting to write. Ideas for Christmas memories may include ~

Christmas card list ~ A list of all those you wish to send cards to including any overseas Christmas cards which can be entered under an overseas cards list separately if you have quite a few which we did.

Calendar list ~ If you traditionally send calendars, it is useful to enter these into your book. My parents always sent calendars at Christmas to family and friends living abroad.

Plants/Flowers ~ If you normally give a plant or bouquet of flowers to anyone, make a note of it here. My grandmothers always received a plant at Christmas time.

Christmas Gifts ~ These can be in list form under different headings if you usually give to different people. For example family, friends and work are different categories of gift giving common at Christmas. Our book has each immediate family member listed with their presents received. Friends are listed under a separate header as are any gifts sent to work colleagues. It even includes post-it lists which I and my brothers wrote as wish lists for Santa which obviously acted as Ideas for family.

Family Christmas Recipes ~ An ideal addition to a memory book for Christmas is any recipes you traditionally use for Christmas. Every family has different customs and traditions at Christmas so why not enter them into your memory book. My mum would always make a particular desert for Christmas Day and it would be the only time in a calendar year she would make it. Full of calories, we loved it and I have carried on this tradition as my brothers don’t consider it to be Christmas without this desert and reckon their attempts at making it are not as good as mine or mum’s!

Photos ~ Capturing your special memories at Christmas deserve to be kept in a special place, why not pop them into your memory book and make sure to make a note of who is in the picture with dates. In years to come all this will be a great source of information.

Special Memories ~ You can also keep a note of any funny, emotional or unusual moments in the book.

Christmas Day Diary ~ Why not keep a page or two with this header in mind and write it like a journal or diary for the day’s events including your thoughts. In years to come this will make fascinating reading.

Capturing Wedding Memories

wedding gifts received and who from. List of who is to be sent a piece of  wedding cake.
wedding gifts received and who from. List of who is to be sent a piece of wedding cake. | Source
The unusual gift of a calf was one of the wedding gifts received.
The unusual gift of a calf was one of the wedding gifts received. | Source

Make A Memory Last Forever ~

Memories at Christmas can last a lifetime and beyond when kept in a memory book. Something that may sound very basic can be a unique and wonderful source of family history for years to come.

The beauty of starting a memory book is it can contain whatever you want it to. Whatever you feel Christmas represents to you and your family, enter it into your book.

Our book started as a list of wedding gifts received by my parents, using the same book six months later for their Christmas lists.

It was as simple as that and is still kept up to date yearly in the same way.

Little did my mum realise that the book she started in 1964 would have such an impact on her children and children’s children.

My brother’s have since started their own Christmas memory books for their young families so the legacy continues.

This article is dedicated to my mum, Helen Ridgeway who was a constant inspiration to me and a much missed member of our family.

List of Presents Received for Family

 Christmas 1971
Christmas 1971 | Source

Thoughts on The Memory Book Idea ~

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      What a terrific idea my friend. I have never heard of such a thing, but now you have me thinking about it. I love cherished memories, and passing them down from generation to generation. Bravo and thank you!

      Sending you Irish cheer across the Pond.

      bill

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      Thanks my friend for commenting so prompt! Glad you enjoyed, it was an idea I have had for awhile and wanted to write about. Appreciate your thoughts always, have a great weekend! :-)

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      I enjoyed this Hub very much. I keep a family album (one for each year), and keep all mementos and photos in that. I wrote a Hub about our Family Album.

      I do like your idea of a Christmas Memory Book. I am very sentimental, and these things help us to remember the happy times in our lives.

      I voted this Hub UP, etc.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Mary,

      Thanks for reading this and sharing your own tradition of your family album which sounds great! I am sentimental too and the small things mean so much. Appreciate your votes and interest Mary! :-)

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Suzie. This is a great idea. I wish we had started something like this years ago. It's like having your family history all in one book. It's great that the younger family members are embracing the idea and carrying it forward. Great hub Suzie. VU and sharing with my family and friends

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      Thanks for your generous comments, I do think it can be great looking back at a memory book and I know my brothers and I have had funny times reading things. Delighted you found it a great idea and will pass on the concept with family! Appreciate your votes and sharing Bill, you rock!! :-)

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Great idea! I'm gonna start one this year. Hope that my kids will carry on for generations. Great hub!

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      What a wonderful idea and I am saving this one.

      Thanks for sharing .

      Eddy.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi peachpurple,

      Welcome and thank you sincerely for stopping and commenting! Delighted to hear you are planning on starting, it really is something simple that can store wonderful memories. I am sure your family will get as much pleasure as we do!:-)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Eddy!

      Delighted you enjoyed this appreciate you saving!:-)

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      This is a wonderful idea. I can see how having this book would be so enjoyable to pull out each year to share with others. Never heard of this, but now that I know I highly recommend it!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi teaches,

      This did not originate as a memory book but a typical wedding list in a plain notebook. I find it interesting to see how it has become such a traditional part of our family christmas now. Glad you enjoyed so much!

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      Frank Slovenec 4 years ago from San Francisco, CA

      Great idea for an heirloom, certainly something to take out and read on Christmas eve each year..remembering that Christmas celebrates the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ..thank you

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi FSlovenec,

      Thanks very much for reading and commenting! Reading it on Christmas Eve would be a nice tradition in using the book. Appreciate your thoughts here! :-)

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      Carol-Anne 4 years ago from UK

      A lovely post and thanks for sharing. Christmas memories are very special and starting memory books when children are small are a great way to pass on family traditions

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Carol-Anne,

      Thanks for reading and your lovely comments. We enjoy the fact that we grew up with it and have fun looking back. Full of nostalgia and wonderful times. Appreciate your thoughts!

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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      What a wonderful idea and such a neat family tradition for the generations to come. Gift tags and even pieces of gift wrapping paper that the gifts were wrapped in could even be saved in the book. Thank you for sharing this :)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Jamie,

      Great to see you again, thanks very much for commenting! The book is such a great place for capturing all things about your Christmas and love the idea of the tags and paper, particularly if they have been handmade of decorated by family. Yesterday at a family get together my dad was reading bits from the book to his grandchildren and they were so intrigued by what they got as 1yr olds for example. I missed capturing the moment in a photo but those are the wonderful moments generations can share with this book! Thanks again Jamie!

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      precy anza 4 years ago from San Diego

      Loved this idea! And I'll say this year would be the first Christmas that's going on my Christmas memory book! I'm going to do this! ^-^' Thanks a lot! Voted up and shared!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi precy anza,

      So happy you enjoyed this idea. It really is something that brings us great memories. Little did my parents know that something they started for their wedding guest list would be still around 48 years later! Enjoy starting your own precy, appreciate greatly your interest, votes and shares :-)

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      What a wonderful idea! It must be so fascinating to go back and read about Christmases past, especially those from many years ago.

      Voted you up, useful, interesting, beautiful, and awesome!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Au fait,

      Thanks so much for stopping by to read this and leave your comment! Yes, it makes fascinating reading when you go back to your first Christmas for example! Appreciate your votes here, thanks a million!!

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      Fay Favored 2 years ago from USA

      What a beautiful idea. I wished this was something we did many years ago before part of my family moved to Heaven. This would be such a treasure. So lovely.

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      William Leverne Smith 2 years ago from Hollister, MO

      As an avid family history and genealogy researcher, around the holiday season, I always urge my readers to collect and preserve family stories. You have taken that a step further and made specific suggestion on how to do that! Thank you, so much, for sharing this article!! ;-)

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