Christmas is such a special holiday that I wanted to document all of our Christmases in one book so that in the future we can look back at all our special holiday memories over the years in one book. I am not a person who enjoys scrapbooking, so I was interested in finding a pre-made book where I can just pop in our photos and handwrite some special notes. There are not many options out there so I bought the one that had excellent reviews and seemed like it was going to be perfect. The book was called Christmas Memories by Lynn Anderson Peterson. When I received it I knew right away that it was not going to work for me because one of size, it could not accommodate a 5 x 7 Christmas card horizontally. One of the things I was excited about was to be able to keep one of each of our cards each year in the book. Sadly I had to return the book and I was back and trying to figure out what to do.
I ended up deciding to buy my own album and making my own pages. I try to keep it at just about 4 pages for each Christmas. I start each year with our Christmas Card and I type up a very brief paragraph stating how old Elin was at Christmas, what special things we did that year, and then a few of Elin’s special presents. Then I put pictures of our Santa visits, other holiday activities, and then pictures from Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. I keep it pretty simple and just enough to capture the highlights. The idea will be that many years from now we can look back and see everything we did in previous years, how the Christmas tree and decor has changed over the years, and to document how we celebrated the holiday. I think many years from now it will be so much fun to keep the book out at Christmas and have one place where all our Christmas pictures and memories are documented.