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 no chimney). Father Christmas always leaves chocolate money in the stockings, along with puzzle books and the odd family history magazine for the adults.
Over the years we've also had a variety of ways of counting down to Christmas. This year I've been inspired by Helen Smith's Genealogical Kindness Advent Calendar and created my own version.
You'll see that some of the activities are specifically related to sharing my family research with the extended family and others are to give back to the family history community from whom I receive gifts during the year. THANK YOU to those that index records and help to break down brickwalls.
There's also a scattering of 'Make Memories' activities. Preserving our present for the future is just as important as preserving our past, so these activities will probably generate lots of photos. Our month is a little complicated by a 24hr+ plane journey to the other side of the world, but we're looking forward to making winter Christmas memories.
Maybe you'd like to join in and make your own calendar? I've put the blank version of this chart in the store as a freebie for you to download. It's a fillable PDF, so you can type in it and print, or just print and handwrite on it.
I'd love to hear what ideas you have for a Family History Christmas. Add your ideas to our Facebook post or send us an email.
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