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Preserving the Present for the Future - Music

Hearing a song can immediately take you back to a time and a place. Maybe it was a hit when you were at school or a piece of music that you learned to play, but when you hear it you're in that moment and the memories come flooding back. Ernie & Chris Cook - sing along around the piano at Chris' 70th birthday party, 1986. So let's think about music and the part it has played in your family. Here are some prompts to get you started with your writing. When you were growing up what sort of music can you remember listening to? Pop, Classical, Country, Jazz, Blues, Rock.... which is your favourite? What are your 10 favourite songs?...

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A Family History Christmas

It's only two more sleeps until December, which is when our family starts to celebrate Christmas.  I've tried to establish family traditions for my children that I hope they will carry on. That's why the Christmas tree goes up on the 1st of December and down on the 5th of January (the 12th day of Christmas). Our nativity book has it's pieces removed day by day, remembering to alternate who starts every year so that it's not the same person getting baby Jesus out.New pyjamas are always in the parcels opened Christmas Eve - everyone looks great then on Christmas morning in the photos. Stockings are hung along with the key for Father Christmas to get in the house (we have...

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