My grandfather kept a journal of the funny one-liners that came out of the mouths of his grandchildren. One of my personal favorites was in response to my grandmother attempting to feed my cousin something less than appealing, "I'm trying, but my tongue just keeps pushing it out!" I recently found one family's blog that preserved one-liners in a similar way. My favorite entry, however, was the children's "Bill of Christmas Rights" letter.
What better time than the holidays to gather information on family members! This is a time when you may have listened to that same old story from Aunt Nell, or perhaps grandpa finally shared his wartime experiences with you. Perhaps grandma showed you her journals, and you mustered up the courage to ask her if you could inherit them! Now, what do you do with this new information before it slips away from existence? Here are a few ideas:
1. Start a family memories book and jot just a line or two each day.
2. Begin a family blog. Blogs may be private so only family members may read them.
3. If you inherited journals from a deceased relative, transcribe them a little at a time using an online publishing tool such as a blog, or online document manager.
4. Write and illustrate a children's book that is based on a family story. Check your facts for accuracy, and then self-publish the bookonline publishing site such as Lulu.com. If you start early, these may be great presents for next Christmas!
There are countless possibilities for preserving family memories!