Christmas Remembrance Holiday Prompts 1-4

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, now GeneaBloggersTRIBE, 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 1 – The Christmas Tree
Did you have a real tree or was it artificial?
How big was the tree?
Who decorated the tree?
What types of Christmas trees did your ancestors have?

December 2 – Holiday Foods
Did your family or ancestors serve traditional dishes for the holidays?
Was there one dish that was unusual?

December 3 – Christmas Tree Ornaments
Did your family have heirloom or cherished ornaments?
Did you ever string popcorn and cranberries?
Did your family or ancestors make Christmas ornaments?

December 4 – Christmas Cards
Did your family send cards?
Did your family display the ones they received?
Do you still send Christmas cards?
Do you have any cards from your ancestors?

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. Since Christmas is coming, it would be a delight to find these items under your tree this year.

I hope you enjoy writing your holiday memories.

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