ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

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 ~

Do you have a Christmas Memory Book in Your Family?

See results

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

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since my mum passed away in 1997.Opening it you feel as if you should be wearing a pair of those white gloves you see historical document handler's wearing.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 ~

Do you think a Christmas Memory Book is a Good Idea?

See results

Author Info ~

Information on the author, her bio and full body of works @ Suzie HQ

Credit to homesteadbound ~

All dividers used in this hub are used with permission granted on hub, Creating Dividers to Use on Your Hubs


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)