Summer vacation is a good time to reflect on the half of the year that’s passed and the part that’s still yet to come. It can be time well spent if you keep track of special activities and events to recall later on in your Christmas cards and letters. While the holiday season may seem like the furthest thing from your mind, it won’t feel that way in just a few short weeks. (Witness Target already stocking their ‘Back to School’ section right after the Fourth was over!)
Summer is a rich time filled with special personal and family moments. New adventures and achievements, however small, make interesting details for Christmas cards and letters. Sending your child off to sleep away camp for the first time? Watching her master a full 100 meters in the pool? What about the baseball all-stars season? From camp-outs and road trips to family gatherings and weddings, keep tabs of the things that will be worth sharing with family and friends later this year.
Simple Ways to Track Christmas Card Details
Calendars & Journals
Nothing extra fancy is required. Use your usual calendar, notebook, or journal if you keep up with one. Enter your activities consistently, or, just don’t throw out old calendar pages. Place them safely in a folder or box labeled ‘Holiday’ or ‘Christmas’ along with any photos you develop (see below). Make note of what was exciting, special, or of particular interest with each entry if possible. Funny quotes from the kids or your own personal thoughts about an experience will help make recounting the experience more interesting later.
When you download photos, take the time to file them by event rather than just date. Get in the habit of tagging your photos too with details that will be useful later. Use the names of places, people, events, dates and other specifics that are relevant to help you remember the event better later.
In the end, it may be only one or two things from summer that you share. The most appealing Christmas card letters aren’t necessarily the longest. They are the ones that keep family and friends engaged in what’s going on in our lives. This year when the holidays roll around, you’ll be ready to create Christmas cards online quickly and easily because you’ll have an account of moments during the summer that mattered.
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