Do you keep a holiday notebook? A group of friends and I formed our current Christmas Notebooks almost fifteen years ago (is that right, GLU Girls???) and I have continued to use mine to plan my holidays. I will say though, that after doing this work for all this time, I don't really have the need to review my plans. I like to look at the Notebook, though, to take a walk down Memory Lane! I have had a Christmas Notebook 39 years, evolving into what my current notebook is today!
This year, I made a special event of looking at my notebook. I got my favorite red mug, made some hot chocolate, turned on some holiday music and started turning the pages.
My first section is filled with holiday cards that I have sent over the years. I love looking at them, they show much organization and love! Some of these cards were planned for months in advance. One of my favorites, the one shown below, is an artist's sketch of my darling dogsons, Truman and Wilson. The artist is Fifi and the link is to her Etsy shop. The sketch is of a photograph I took.
Other sections include recipes, gifts given, Christmas letters, party planner (my husband had a party for the staff for twenty years at our home. All the plans for those parties are still in my notebook!), photos of decor throughout the years, budgets, Christmas ornaments purchased, and some odd and end lists. Such a fun experience to relive the past holidays!
How do you remember past Christmases? Do you have a notebook? I think the future does not bode well for notebooks, I think that the internet, blogging, Instagram, etc., will hold all our memories!