Preserving Family Stories
Sharing family stories is a powerful way to keep our personal history alive. By narrating both the best and most challenging life experiences, we can get the whole picture of how a family becomes a collective unit.
Especially during the holiday season, the heart of family gatherings often revolves around telling favorite tales with laughter, joy, and even some tears. These stories preserve family history and help us to understand where we have been and the people who took the journey with us.
November is Family Stories Month. With holiday gatherings on the horizon over the next few weeks, this is an ideal opportunity to plan ways to record your family’s stories for future generations.
But where do you begin? Easy. The first step is to think about questions to ask members of your family. This walk down memory lane will awaken some of your own memories to share. Here are some tips to start:
- One of the easiest ways to encourage your family members to delve into their memories is to create open ended questions or memory prompts to share for an upcoming gathering.
- Write down a list of these questions or prompts and email them to family members prior to the gathering.
- Encourage family members to write down or print out their stories to be compiled. More stories will be added over time and shared with the whole family. This can be done in electronic form or hard copies, depending upon the preferences of people who will read and save it.
- At the holiday gathering, share memories that people remember. This is a fantastic chance for everyone to reminisce and have alternate memories of the same event!
By preserving our family history, we can strengthen the bonds as well as hear amazing stories that are new to you. Starting a project like this can bring family members closer together, especially by providing a connection to ancestors or relatives living far away who you may have never met.
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