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 19 – Christmas Shopping
How did your family handle Christmas Shopping? Did anyone finish early or did anyone start on Christmas Eve?
December 20 – Religious Services
Did your family attend religious services during the Christmas season? What were the customs and traditions involved?
December 21 – Christmas Music
What songs did your family listen to during Christmas? Did you ever go caroling? Did you have a favorite song?
December 22 – Christmas and Deceased Relatives
Did your family visit the cemetery at Christmas? How did your family honor deceased family members at Christmas?
December 23 – Christmas Sweetheart Memories
Do you have a special memory of a first Christmas present from a sweetheart? How did you spend your first Christmas together? Any Christmas engagements or weddings among your ancestors?
December 24 – Christmas Eve
How did you, your family or your ancestors spend Christmas Eve?
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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