Monday, December 1, 2014

Christmas Memories

Family history is more than names and dates on a tree.  That’s always a great starting  point, but creating stories about your ancestors is what brings people to life and makes your family history remarkable.
For many, the time approaching Christmas evokes memories about this time of year.  Christmas traditions, Christmas trees, dinners, presents, family members, Father Christmas and who could forget food.  It takes time, practice and help to record your memories.  So often events get reduced to one sentence, such as, yes, we celebrated Christmas in our house.

Christmas is a great time to consider recording these memories for your family history.  Genebloggers has created an advent calendar of Christmas memories, 24 prompts to help you record your Christmas time memories.  Each day there is a topic with questions for you to ponder. Day one, what are your memories of your family putting up the Christmas tree? Day five, what songs were your favourites as a child and are they still your favourites or do you have new ones?  Once you get started you will realise there are many stories that are worth recording for future generations.  You can view the whole Advent calendar of Christmas Memories here   
If this inspires you to delve into your family history, you can access further assistance from our local history volunteers, the Elizabeth Library in the New Year.  Our volunteers are taking a well-earned break from 10th December and will return in the New Year on the 14th of January.  There is no need to book, come along, Wednesday, Thursday 9:00 – 1:00pm or Friday 9:00 – 12:00pm.  Until then have a Merry Christmas and make many more happy memories for the future.

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