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Holiday Memory Keeping and Celebrating the Good

Simple Christmas Photo Album Tutorial on polkadotchair.com   I’m curious, how do you feel about the holidays? Are you someone who starts their Christmas shopping in June and just can’t fit enough Christmas trees in your house? Or are the Holidays not your favorite time of the year? I admit to having slightly conflicted feelings about the holidays, Christmas especially.

You see it can be SO MUCH WORK, especially for Moms. There always seem to be so many things going on at the same time, and it gets a bit hard for me to juggle them all. Many times I’ve experienced a bit of holiday letdown and been left wondering if I did the whole thing “right.” Was I in a good enough mood the whole time?  Did all of my friends feel my love and appreciation for them? Did my husband and kids have a great holiday experience? Is the ballet teacher going to yell at me again for being late again? (Ok… kidding with that last one, but only slightly *wink*.)  

Many years ago we experienced a pregnancy loss on Christmas Eve, and I spent that day in the hospital. While it made me ever so grateful for the things about Christmas that you cannot buy, I admit that it did put a bit of a damper on the holiday for a few years.   Simple Christmas Photo Album Tutorial on polkadotchair.com   One of the things that I love to do at Christmas is make family memory albums. It helps me to remember all of the happy, wonderful parts of the holiday, and my kids and I enjoy looking back at how our lives have changed over the years. I know that even with all of the stress and hustle bustle of Christmas, what’s really important are the memories that we make with each other. It’s one of the things that helps me to celebrate the good at Christmastime. You can see some of my past albums here and here. I want to keep those memories, not just in my head but written down and documented somewhere for my kids to see when they are old and grown. Simple Christmas Photo Album Tutorial on polkadotchair.com Making a holiday memory album doesn’t have to be complicated and is actually really fun! So…people, get those photos off your phone! Print them and put them out somewhere for everyone to enjoy.

Today I’m going to share with you a very simple tutorial for making a family memory album.  You can embellish it more if you like or just take the idea of a Christmas memory album and do it in a way that works for your family.

If you’d like to make one, you’ll need:

two 6.5″x6″ pieces of chipboard (you can buy it at the store or cut up an old cereal box),

several pieces of 6″x6″ scrapbook paper, plus four 6.5″x6″ sized pieces for the front and back covers.

Binder Rings Photos trimmed to 4″x4″ (or just print your Instagram photos, as they are already square).

White card stock cut to 4.5″ x 4.5.”

Glue Stick. X-Acto Knife.

Heavy-duty Hole Punch.


Simple Christmas Photo Album Tutorial on polkadotchair.com

To make the front and back cover of the album, just use a glue stick to glue the scrapbook paper to the front and back sides of the chipboard pieces.  Use your X-Acto knife to trim off any excess paper from the chipboard.   Then punch two holes in the front cover. Use these holes as a guide and punch the back cover and the inside pages all in the same place.

Simple Christmas Photo Album Tutorial on polkadotchair.com

Now just glue the photos onto the white cardstock squares and then glue those to the inside album pages. Easy peasy. You can embellish as you like and use as many photos as you want.

Simple Christmas Photo Album Tutorial on polkadotchair.com

I included a journal entry as the first page of the album, and then left the rest just for photos.

Simple Christmas Photo Album Tutorial on polkadotchair.com Simple Christmas Photo Album Tutorial on polkadotchair.com   

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  2. I love Christmas. I always decorated the entire house with my hubby’s help. We have only had one big tree since 2006. We were moving in 2007. I was delayed 18 months going home from the military. There won’t be one this year because our kitchen is being gutted and our master bath is partially gutted. When this is all done I will go back to Christmas crazy.

    I had a daughter on a cold Christmas Eve morning almost 41 years ago. We celebrated her birthday day on Christmas Eve. Then had our Christmas om Christmas. She’s still spoiled from those days but it’s not her fault she arrived on December 24th. She made a great gift for my grandparents who celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Christmas Day.

    I love Christmas. I need room for all my decorations.

  3. We love Listening to Christmas Music! We all love getting together making hot chocolate and driving to the Tree Farm to pick up our Christmas tree. We love driving around our town looking at all the light displays-and we have so much fun making our Holiday Cutout Cookies!

  4. We have a lot of traditions. Every year we get a real Christmas tree and decorate it while listening to Christmas music. We also decorate a gingerbread house every year.

  5. Our daughter’s b-day is in December, so right after her party, after family and friends leave, we always decorate the house together for Christmas. Then we have all of our family over again for Christmas Day lunch.

  6. A holiday tradition that my family celebrates is baking gingerbread and sugar cookies together.
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  7. Our favorite holiday tradition is on Christmas Eve we drive around looking at Christmas lights and then
    come home, drink eggnog and open one present.

  8. I don’t have traditions right now, no kids, just my husband and i. we do have a nice christmas dinner for two 🙂

  9. When the children were young we had fun with making Christmas cookies, driving around to look at lights and decorating. Now that they are adults I don’t really do anything special. I don’t decorate and the children have developed their own traditions.

  10. My favorite tradition is having a treasure hunt on Christmas morning for the kids. We leave clues around the house they follow to find their big gift.

  11. One of our family traditions is the we go to Mass on Christmas eve and meet up with my brother and his family and my Father. We’ve done this for years and after mass, everyone comes to our house for a light dinner.

  12. When our extended family gathers on Christmas Eve, the youngest child places the baby Jesus in the Nativity Scene.

  13. We put up the Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving, and baking & decorate sugar cookies with the kids.

  14. Every year I take a pic of the kids and let them make an ornament out of it! Fun!

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  16. We have a Christmas Eve dinner for 14, a gift opening in the morning, brunch and then open house Christmas dinner for 20-25.

  17. On Christmas morning, we put a lit candle in a cupcake and we place it in front of the manger and sing Happy Birthday to baby Jesus.

  18. One of my favorite holiday traditions is when we pack up in the car close to Christmas and drive around town, looking at all the lights and decorations that people have put up 🙂

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