Cultivate remembrance this Christmas with personal holiday 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 12 – Charitable/Volunteer Work
Did your family ever volunteer with a charity such as a soup kitchen, homeless or battered women’s shelter during the holidays?
Or perhaps were your ancestors involved with church groups that assisted others during the holiday?
December 13 – Holiday Travel
Did you or your ancestors travel anywhere for Christmas?
How did you travel and who traveled with you?
Do you remember any special trips?
December 14 – Fruitcake – Friend or Foe?
Did you like fruitcake?
Did your family receive fruitcakes?
Have you ever re-gifted fruitcake?
Have you ever devised creative uses for fruitcake?
December 15 – The Holiday Happenings!
Often times December to mid-January birthdays and anniversaries get over shadowed by the Christmas/Hanukkah/New Year holidays. So we’re going to shine a spotlight on those family members and ancestors this time around. Select one or more December to mid-January birthdays and/or anniversaries on your family tree. Write a short tribute to or memory of those birthday guys and gals and write a toast to the anniversary couples.
December 16 – Christmas at School
What did you or your ancestors do to celebrate Christmas at school?
Were you ever in a Christmas Pageant?
December 17 – Grab Bag
Please post from a topic that helps you remember Christmases past!
December 18 – Christmas Stockings
Did you have one?
Where did you hang it?
What did you get in it?
Do you have any Christmas stockings used by 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.
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