Cultivate remembrance this Christmas with personal history prompts organized by Thomas MacEntee. For many years, his online community of over 3,000 family history GeneaBloggers enjoyed using his Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories which ended in Christmas 2015. With special permission to post here, it is still possible for you to write your family’s holiday history twenty-four different ways during twenty-four days in December!
Here’s a few days of prompts for writing your personal holiday history:
December 9 – Grab Bag
Author’s choice. Please post from a topic that helps you remember Christmases past!
December 10 – Christmas Gifts
What were your favorite gifts, both to receive and to give? Are there specific gift-giving traditions among your family or ancestors?
December 11 – Other Traditions
Did your family or friends also celebrate other traditions during the holidays such as Hanukkah or Kwanzaa? Did your immigrant ancestors have holiday traditions from their native country which they retained or perhaps abandoned?
This is a great way to record part of your personal history. You may want to use these prompts with your Personal Historian software, and you’ll be a step ahead in documenting your personal history and preserving it for your posterity. I also enjoy scanning pictures with my Flip-pal mobile scanner. and storing the pictures in collections with my Heritage Collector Suite software. Since Christmas is coming, it would be a delight to find these items under your tree this year.
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