Over the next two weeks, memories will be made. You will celebrate with old tried and true traditions, or create some new ones. Capturing your own Christmas story will be easy and you and your family will always cherish it.
In light of the beautiful season and hopefully some relaxing days, we want to encourage you to take a moment and capture some part of it. You can take just five minutes or as much time as you choose to record you Christmas story this year. Here a few ideas of what you can write about:
- What was the best part?
- The worst part?
- The funniest part?
- When did you feel joy?
- When did you feel sorrow?
- Who did you miss and why?
- Who did you get to see that you haven’t seen for ages? How did it make you feel?
- Were any bad feelings erased?
- Were any new, great memories made?
- What was the best gift you got and why?
- What was the best gift you gave and why?
- What was the best thing you ate?
- What was the best thing you drank?
- How much sleep did you get and why?
- What did you wear and why?
- What children did you spend time with? Did they feel the magic of Christmas? Did it rub off on you?
There are a few ways to record these thoughts:
- You can do it with pen and paper, which can be quite therapeutic and relaxing.
- You can do it on your laptop or desktop computer – which if you have a lot to say that can be a great resource.
- You can even jot down a few thoughts on your smart phone in your notes or other app you may have.
- Send it in a text. Share it with a loved one or friend. Sometimes sharing your story is a great feeling and if you don’t want to take lots of time, that may be the ticket. It will be recorded that way too.
- Send an email – you can send it to yourself so you will have it in a safe spot, or send it it to someone as a thank you for a great holiday.
- Take a moment and just turn on the video or audio on your phone – capture the moment in real time. Those memories will be cherished in years to come.
- Record your thoughts on social media. Share the best part of your day on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. You can look back on it there for years to come as well and sometimes a few sentences or paragraph is a great way to share your feelings.
We would love for you to share them with us too. Please share a thought or two here with us and we can help you get the ball rolling in the future. Rhonda and I will be taking this challenge too and sharing some of the happenings of our holiday with you next week. Writing down your memories can be the best parts of life because you get to relive them every time you read them. Have any questions on what to do or how to get started? We would love to help! Happy writing! We can’t wait to hear from you!
Rachel J. Trotter is a writer at Evalogue.Life, where we tell personal and family stories that inspire, and help you tell yours. She has worked as a writer since her college days over 20 years ago and has articles published on Mormon.org, LDSLiving.com and Meridian Magazine. She loves telling people’s stories. She lives in Ogden, Utah and is busy raising six children and loves working on family history alongside her husband, Mat.