December Challenge - Our Christmas Memories Book

Real Estate Agent with Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes

So this year is the first year my husband and I put up the tree and decor with no kids older daughter moved to Birmingham UK with her new husband a few months ago and the younger daughter is in Springfield MO.  We got the job done--and along the way, decided to get rid of some older ornaments and decor no longer needed...we know the kids don't want our old stuff!



But one thing we will never toss is our Christmas Memories book.  I ordered this from Land's End when our first child was 2.  This was way before camera phones and computers.  Every year I would write in a few memories and add a photo of the family.  This first book was started in  1996 and went through 2016..then we started a second one. 

Sometimes the girls would scribble in a few sentences but usually it was Mom (of course) that kept up the tradition.  I added the girls' written lists for Santa (sample requests:  "clicky clack shoes" "Barbies" "Princess clothes" ) and special meals we shared, who came to visit, funny moments that happened over the holidays, movies we saw, important events that happened during the year.. Every Christmas season, the kids will take a few minutes to read through the entries and laugh over how we've all aged the past 20 years.  


When each of my kids were born, I had NO time to make a traditional baby book.  I was too frazzelled -- and just not that crafty.  But starting this Christmas Memories book is the best thing I ever did to preserve special family moments.  Having pictures and videos on line is fine..but there is something unique about physically taking this book out of storage every year and looking through it.  While we are starting to downsize, and know that our kids don't want our old 'stuff' --- I do know they will treasure this book long after we're gone.


Posted by

Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR

(Brookside/Armour Hills resident, local business supporter, NPR fan, Habitat ReStore volunteer, thankful for the gift of another day!)


Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate/Kansas City Homes

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Comments (20)

Dorte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear Mary,

Very neat tradition. Never saw the book offered by Land's End.

Dec 05, 2018 10:01 AM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good afternoon Mary. This is just lovely and I enjoyed it a great deal. 

Dec 05, 2018 10:03 AM
Graziella Bruner
NCS Premier Real Estate - Detroit, MI
Associate Broker - Serving Wayne & Oakland County

This is awesome, my granddaughter has a school project for Christmas and it's to do a Christmas family book and she needed pictures for her book, so I printed out the last few Christmas photos I had on my phone for her.  I had 99 pictures from the last 3 Christmas's and I know this will be a great memory book for her as well.  In fact, my daughter stated she was going to make small memory books for each of her children as a keepsake for them.  I'm lookin forward to start a memory book myself.

Dec 05, 2018 10:32 AM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

I'm sure your children will treasure the Memory Book. One thing I enjoy about Christmas is pulling the decorations down and remembering where some of the special ornaments came from. It's a walk down memory lane! I'm sure your children will feel that way about the memory book.

Dec 05, 2018 04:46 PM
Bruce Hicks
Best Homes Hawaii - Honolulu, HI
Your Best Hawaii Realtor!

The Memory Book is a wonderful way of sharing history with the family Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR . Each year when my wife Vanessa buys an ornament, she DATES it with fingernail polish.  Then every ornament has a memory.  She also photos them.  We have so much that our living room has TWO trees, a six and a half and six footer.

Dec 06, 2018 03:13 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Mary - those are treasured memories.  We do have baby books and this is one thing that our kids will always want.

Dec 06, 2018 03:15 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

What a great idea! I would have liked to have done something like that, but it's too late now! Maybe when our boys start having grandchildren, that would be a nice idea for a gift.

Dec 06, 2018 03:50 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Mary- what a wonderful idea and tradition you have. You're right, digital photos are easy and convenient but there's something nice about sitting down with a book of memories. 


Dec 06, 2018 05:01 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224


                                     Thank you, Mary. 

Dec 08, 2018 05:50 PM
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Nice tradition, Mary. I'm sure it's treasured by your daughters as well as you.


Dec 08, 2018 06:33 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR what a nice way to save memories for future generations to enjoy.... 

Dec 09, 2018 04:22 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

What a wonderful idea. Christmas is very special at our house - can't imagine why we never had a book like this one. :( A missed opportunity for sure. I'm guessing your daughters will always be grateful you did this. 

Dec 09, 2018 07:19 AM
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker
Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

You are one smart woman to capitalize on an idea and make it your own creation. What a super sweet thing to do for future generations and your own children.

I wonder how much longer you will continue to put up trees? LOL.

Dec 09, 2018 10:20 AM
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

That's a beautiful idea. A book like that would be a perfect gift for new parents - or even for newlyweds.

My memory lane comes from the ornaments. We add something new each year that has some significance for that year.Our trees would not pass a designer's approval, but they mean a lot to me.


Dec 09, 2018 01:34 PM
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

Mary, thank you for the post, I know the perfect recipient and with any luck I may be read about in a few entries.

Dec 09, 2018 03:50 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Christmas Memories Book! What a wonderful idea! Family memories can be refreshed by photos and journal entries forever. The will always bring a smile to your face.

Dec 09, 2018 04:05 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

How wonderful! What a fabulous family tradition!

I did the baby book thing for each of my three children. I enjoy looking through those now and then and when they visit they sometimes ask to look at them. It's things like this that are so valuable!

Dec 11, 2018 11:03 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good afternoon Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR ,

I'm so glad that Kathy Streib featured your post in her "Ah-ha" moments for the week. What a wonderful idea and one that would be so fun to look back and read. I love it!

Dec 11, 2018 02:25 PM
Libby Cousins
Extraordinary Processing - Spokane, WA
Contract Mortgage Processor, licensed in WA

That is SUCH a great idea to preserve memories Mary! It is overwhelming at times to scrapbook all of life but a holiday each year is doable!

Dec 11, 2018 05:14 PM

Beautiful and touching. This could be presented to the family for Christmas. Such a "home" book would add to my wonderful books collection (from this list )

Feb 13, 2019 01:51 AM