Christmas Eve and Scrapbooking

Scrapbooking is so therapeutic. I know it isn’t just that way for me, as I hear other scrapbookers relate stories about how they get lost in their memories and creations and forget about everyday stresses. This is why I am always talking about how important it is to make time for it, when it seems that there isn’t any. Those memories will only live on if you make them live on, by creating scrapbook pages to remind our loved ones of the times we shared together.

Christmas is upon us, I wish every single one of you, a Happy Holiday and hope that it is a very magical time for you. Every year, on Christmas Eve, we like to sit down and look at scrapbookers together about the previous year and remember what we did, make plans to do new things or to redo the things we enjoyed. There are usually smiles and laughter as many stories come out.

Tonight was a bit different for us, however. After all the preaching I do about making the time, I have not followed my own advice. I have not scrapbooked much about 2008 at all. In fact, there aren’t as many pictures as previous years. I could say it is because I am getting older, but that isn’t it. I could even say it is because I am getting forgetful, but that isn’t it either. I almost always have the camera with me, so there really is no excuse, except that I have to follow my own advice, and make the time to not only record the memories in a scrapbook album, but to actually take photos from different events and make them special.

The positives that came out of this, is that I realized how important it is to my children to have these memories, as they looked on in awe that there weren’t more photos scrapbooked. What does mom do all day if she isn’t scrapbooking? But what did happen, was that they began telling stories about previous years, we got out those albums, and we were able to recall many memories together and they filled in gaps and remembered things I hadn’t thought of at all. More journaling for my pages, which is always a good thing for me.

With Christmas day tomorrow, and a great day for photo opportunities as well as memory making, I wish for your family that it is as magical as you want it to be. I hope that Santa treats you well, and that your children remember the real reason for the day.

Merry Christmas, dear readers!