I started writing Christmas letters back in about 1982, when my youngest child was born. Actually, I may have written something before then but this is the oldest copy I have. I saved them every year into a binder and later bought a wonderful dark green (huge) 3-ring binder to save lots of Christmas things in, including the annual Christmas letters I wrote as well as some I got from family and special friends as well as Christmas cards with pictures and even photos I took at Christmas.
This binder is growing very fat and I love to set it out at Christmas and browse through it. Words from Christmas Past really touch my heart and take me back to each of those times.
This year I had the idea to copy all those old Christmas Letters and put in binders for my adult kids. It is a great summary of their lives as I wrote about each of them.
I found beautiful, red Scrapbooks at Mikael’s (on sale no less) and made copies for each one of my kids and built their books. I had started scrapbooking in a minor fashion already so had some very nice scrapbook pages on an antique theme showing wheels grinding. I titled the front pages “Past Days”.
I think they will enjoy reading about their family “back then” and appreciate it more now that they’re grown and raising families of their own. Words take us back to a place in time. To me this is a fun and easy way to keep a family history. Kind of like “killing two birds with one stone.” An old phrase, not pictorially a very happy thought. 🙂