Sunday, December 6, 2009
Back in 1991 I did something I thought at the time would be a one-shot deal, but which has turned out to be a family tradition. Since then, each year I collect everyone’s updated contact information, and prepare and send everyone a family calendar with all the contact information and everyone’s birthdays and anniversaries.
The fun part of it is that each calendar has a theme. For instance, one year I used everyone’s old school pictures; another time I published a calendar full of out-takes – all those hilariously bad photos we all have in our collection. Two of the most successful ones were a “sisters” calendar when I had all my siblings send me little stories and memories about their sisters. The following year I did the same for “brothers.” That trip down to nostalgia lane was sweet and hilarious at the same time. (I’ll print some of their holiday reminiscences in a future post.)
As I said in my calendar introduction: “I’m fascinated with that time in their lives, when they were young and in love and hadn’t yet become burdened with the strains of marriage and children in their later years. I wish I had known them then.”
Every year I say I’m not going to do the calendar anymore, but then I get another idea for a theme and I’m off again to create …