For as long as I can remember, Christmas has been my favorite time of year. It’s not about the presents. It’s more about the feelings, food, connections, decorations, and memories.
As the years pass by, how do you remember one Christmas from another? They can sometimes blend together. What I do remember is the time spent with family and friends, the stories, the specific happenings that make one Christmas stand out from another.
Even though it’s expected that there will be episodes, or special moments that will solidify in your memory. It’s only natural that you will remember the time that uncle Frank dropped the fruitcake into the dog’s dish. (I still think it was intentional.) But, these are the moments that stand out.
One significant way that these memories will stay alive is through photographs. Yes, I admit that I go overboard when it comes to Holiday photos….Hey! I’m a photographer – Get over it! But what I ask of you is to document these special happenings. You have an audio recorder right in your pocket. Why not start a recording and then sit it on a table where people are active. It will mean so much in 30 years when they’re replayed. Oh, what I would give to be able to hear my Great Grandfather’s voice. Obviously my GG didn’t have a smart phone – but you do. In fact you have a camera, video, and audio to capture your favorite moments.
That’s the one thing that saddens me as the caretaker of our families historic photographs. These photos are filled with so many stories…but I don’t know them. The stories may have lasted a generation or two, but once those family members have passed, it’s likely that these stories have passed with them.
So while you have your phone out…(you know you do.) Make sure to collect more than still photographs. Find a way to preserve the memories beyond the photos. You’ll be so happy you did.
Merry Christmas! Here’s a few of my favorite Christmas images. Enjoy.
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Tom Archibald is a Minnesota based Photographer serving the Twin Cities of Minneapolis, St. Paul, and the surrounding suburbs since 2006.His portfolio includes Commercial, Portraiture, Food, and Lifestyle photography.
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