This Thanksgiving, don’t just sit back and enjoy the turkey, stuffing, football and company of your family members. Instead, use this time to actually think about what you’re thankful for. Are you thankful for a new job? New friends? Old friends?
No matter what it is you’re thankful for, this is the time of year to not only reminisce about those specific things, but to also preserve them. The following are five great ways that you can preserve your special memories.
1. Take pictures.
Pictures are a great way to capture the special moments and special people in your life. Make sure you’re always ready to take pictures of yourself and your friends and family enjoying each other’s company and experiencing special moments. You can take pictures of a regular night in with the family, or you can take pictures of special holidays. Put these photos in a photo album or photo book for you to enjoy for many years to come.
If you’re taking pictures at Thanksgiving, you can put the pictures in a frame and use them as centerpieces for the following Thanksgiving festivities. Doing this every year will not only preserve memories, but it will start a tradition in your family that can be passed down from generation to generation.
2. Create a scrapbook.
Scrapbooking is another great way to preserve your special moments. You can add almost anything to a scrapbook, and you can decorate it to suit the theme of the memories. You can add pictures to your scrapbook, or you can add keepsakes, such as tickets to attractions, corsages from formal events or even money from a trip abroad. You can also buy scrapbooking paper, stamps and stickers to decorate every page of the scrapbook to fit the theme, and you can write stories or blurbs about each respective page too. This way, when you’re looking through this scrapbook many years from now, you’ll have specific information to help you remember all the details from that very special day.
3. Make a quilt.
Are you someone who purchases a t-shirt to help you remember special vacations or moments in your life? If so, you probably have a wide assortment of t-shirts taking up valuable closet space. Instead of putting them in a storage bin never to be seen again, use them to make a t-shirt quilt. It’s actually very easy to do, and it allows you to preserve some of your best memories in a very attractive (and very useful) way.
4. Create a shadow box.
Sometimes the items you want to save to preserve memories are too big to store in a scrapbook, but that doesn’t mean you have to throw them away. Instead, you can make a shadow box. Shadow boxes work like scrapbooks, in which they allow you to add pictures, paper, stickers, and even physical items in a decorative way. You can also add captions to the shadow box to help you remember specifics about that memory. Plus, you can create as many shadow boxes as you want and use them to decorate your home. Now, every time you walk through your house, you’ll be surrounded by great memories.
5. Record your memories.
Every year, many families sit around the table at Thanksgiving and talk about what they’re thankful for. You can take this one step further by recording what your family says so that you can keep it for years to come. You can use the Rev Voice Recorder app to record what everyone in your family is thankful for, and you can then share the audio file with your family so everyone has a copy. But the Rev Voice Recorder also allows you to take it one step further. With the talk to text function, you can send the audio file off to be professionally transcribed. Now, you can receive a typed transcript of what your family is thankful for, and you can use this transcript to create a book that compiles everything your family is thankful for. Plus, you can do this every year and add the new transcript to the book for your family to enjoy every Thanksgiving.
Beth Larson is a shopper-for-hire and a blogger with a passion for sharing ideas for capturing precious memories and tips on how to preserve them.