This one's especially for Catie and Pamela and Staci cause they are so young and can start the tradition early! But so awesome for us all.
So I have this Christmas memory book. It's one of the things I would grab should my home spontaneously combust, (read-Patch gets over zealous trying to earn his fire-starting boyscout badge.) I surfed around and found it is still available here for about $20. It's not really a scrapbook, cause that's just too much work. It's more like a fill-in-the-blank book. It's an awesome tool for making family traditions easy.
It has 2 pages for each Christmas and about 25 more open pages, thus 25 years worth of holiday memories. Each year I put a family photo, usually in the form of the Xmas card we sent out that year, and jot down a little about our Christmas, like who was there and what gifts we gave and received. Often I have included the kiddos Santa letters. Over the years it has become a treasure. I look forward each year to putting in this year's memories. And someday I'll be in "the home" and be able to entertain the nursing staff with decades of my family as it grew. They're gonna love me so.
So The Christmas Memory Book is really such a good thing and so easy. But even without it, make sure you get out there and take an annual family picture each year, even without the book or even if it's after Christmas. Ask a friend to take it or use your camera's timer. It doesn't have to be great, just as long as it's done.
1996. We look so... rested with only the 2 girls with us. If we only knew what was in store! Not sure what I was thinking about that turnicate around Livy's head!