November and December are the months for family reunions. Whether it's sitting around after Thanksgiving dinner, visiting the grandparents at Christmas, or lighting candles together at Hanukkah, these are the perfect times to ask your loved ones to share family stories. And don't trust these precious moments to memory. In time, these stories will fade, or become conflated with other stories, or sadly just forgotten altogether. It doesn’t have to be this way.
If your family owns a camcorder, a digital camera or even a smartphone (everyone’s got one of those nowadays) why not preserve these moments on video? When a loved one shares life stories, it is a rare gift – one that no other person is able to bestow upon you.
When planning your next reunion, why not reserve an hour or two to have the family gather in the living room or den and share their memories. Designate someone to be the cameraperson - preferably a grandchild or a niece or nephew (teenagers are naturally gifted when it comes to technology). Have them get the entire conversation down on video. Make sure you have enough videotape, memory cards or room on your smartphone to record at least an hour’s worth. Maybe your grandkids will edit the footage into a personal family history, complete with family photos and music (like the ones Surprisingly Good Productions offer). Or maybe the footage will sit in a drawer for 20 years. It doesn’t matter. Someday, someone you love will discover this amazing gift from the past.
This holiday season, take the time to really get to know and enjoy your family heritage. But don’t let these priceless experiences escape you. Preserve them forever on video. Your great-great grandchildren will thank you.