The Christmas season is upon us! It seems like that sentence gets said earlier and earlier every year. Christmas is fast-approaching and already everyone is starting to make plans with their families to celebrate the holiday together. Christmases are special and each one is unique, so you will want to make sure that you’re able to preserve your holidays forever. Here are some of the best ways to make memories this Christmas.
Ornaments are usually bought by the dozen in a prepackaged plastic crate, already painted and ready-to-hang. And while there is nothing wrong with those premade baubles, you might also want to add a few special touches to the mix by having your family each make their own ornaments. Use paint, glue, glitter, photographs, clay—whatever crafts each person wants to use. Make this a yearly thing and be sure to date each ornament; that way, you can look back at the years and have an actual piece of artwork to remember them by.
Christmas List Scrapbooking
This would work for younger kids as those are the ones who still believe in Santa. Few things are cuter than a child at Christmas, and their Christmas lists—usually labored intensively over for months before December even begins—are even more adorable. Even though they’ll eventually grow older and will give up on Santa Claus, make a copy of their lists (before “sending” them, of course), and save them in a Christmas scrapbook for them to look at when they’re older.
For adult members of the family who usually don’t revel in a million gifts during the holiday, you can do something a little more fun and mysterious—Secret Santa. Even if your family doesn’t have many people, Secret Santa is a fun way to get in touch with extended relatives and learn more about each other. If your family doesn’t have enough people to get the Secret Santa game going, you can instead substitute it with another fun game; an eggnog-making contest or a white elephant stocking stuffer gift grab.
Capture it all on video (Think “2014 Apple Commercial”)
To celebrate the holiday season in 2014, Apple came out with one of the most adorable commercials ever. There weren’t many dry eyes around after people saw the commercial, which had to do with capture and preserving memories for later use. In the clip, a teenage girl finds an old recording (45rpm) of her grandmother singing “Love is Here to Stay” to her late husband. The teen, fifty years after this old recording, decided to make a remake of her grandmother’s song, filming herself singing it and making a digitally re-mastered version using Apple Software. The grandmother watched the film on her iPad, crying (as was everyone else because that commercial was pretty sweet). By using a camera like the Polaroid Cube+, you can take film and preserve it for future family functions and use later. This way, you’ll have memories to look back on when you’re feeling down and need a dose of family.
There are many ways to make memories this Christmas; the above list is only just a few of what could certainly be tons more. At the end of the day, as the Apple commercial showed, Christmas is about family and being with the people you love. It’s one of the happiest times of the year and you should be sure to get it all on tape so that it is preserved because, who knows? Someone fifty years in the future might make their own commercial featuring footage you’ve taken today in 2015.
Lautrao Martinez, a freelance writer and photographer, is always capturing his favorite moments. If you would like to learn more about Lautaro, you can check out his google+ profile.