Genealogy and Christmas – What a wonderful life!
Today’s Genealogy Christmas Time Tip: As Christmas and other year-end holidays approach … put out your best genealogy items for display along with the lights, candles, and presents.
Now that it is Advent and Christmas is fast approaching along with Hanukkah and the New Year a lot of us will be decorating our homes for the holidays. Lights, decorations, cookies, cakes, etc. always make our homes look their best.
BUT don’t forget to decorate with a piece or two of your very best genealogy items too!
If you are like our family, there will be occasions for folks to be stopping by, visiting, partying, etc. during this busy season and a lot of them will be family.
So here is what I always do. My wife and I put out 2 to 4 of our most prized genealogy pieces from the current year. Perhaps it is a copy of a document. If we are lucky, maybe one is a photo. It could be a new book …. or a new, old book.
Maybe it is a report on a particular branch of the family or a specific ancestor. In my case, I always include the articles I have had published over the past year – even though I am certain everyone reads everything I write on genealogy
I find that having these items out invites talk about family! These chats then evoke memories, stories, etc. and have a tendency to flow a bit better with a ‘prop’ or two on display to help get it going.
After all …… we genealogists and family historians never want to take a chance on missing a story, memory, lead, tidbit, etc. just because of a little thing like Christmas and the New Year!
Onward To Our Past®