Preserving Family History

Preserving Family History

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Landis Carey
Nov 19, 2010

The upcoming Thanksgiving holiday is not only a time for food and holiday décor, but it's also a time for family and loved ones. Remember, you are preparing the meal in thanks of family and friends. So, think about how you can use the holiday as an opportunity to get to know your loved ones even more.

November's Whole Living magazine had a great article that's stayed with me since I read it. Titled Capture Stories of a Lifetime, the article discusses preserving a family's story through oral histories. While this is an absolutely excellent idea (and it makes me wish I had my Mam Maw, Paw Paw, GG and Grandpa on audio tape!), I was mainly attracted to the article's second theme: collecting materials that represent important, long-lasting memories and displaying them in your home.

So greatly loving the stories of objects, I buy handmade for the story of the crafter. But why not surround yourself with your family's stories by displaying a few keepsake items? You will carry on tradition by baking your Grandma's custard pie this Thanksgiving, right? So, celebrate your heritage all-year-long. Whole Living gives readers a few ideas of what to do with those objects that don't naturally fall under home décor.

Images, left to right, top to bottom.
1 Display the Keepsake in a Jar
2 Iron the Special Something onto a Towel
3 Hang the Adorned Item Up
4 Make a Scrapbox

(Images: Whole Living)

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