How many photographs do you have on your phone?

How often do you properly look through your photos and how often do you do that with friends or family?

(Look further down the page for something really special to do with parents and grandparents, aunts and uncles).

Memories on Facebook, featured images on phones, there are many ways of reliving moments but a special gift can be a family yearbook!

What has been special this year? A family gathering, anniversary, christening, wedding?

Consider bringing pictures of those moments together. The process of collating will be fun, moving in itself. The receipt of a photo book will be special too.

Think of someone special you’d like to share this with, someone close who is part of your life but not there every day, someone you have photos of but they may not have those images and even if they do, perhaps they may not look at them.

Capture a year of change, one that deserves to be remembered and have fun doing it.

There are countless ways to produce these yearbooks whether in print or digitally.

There’s the good old fashioned way of printing out images you choose and placing them in a photo album or you can have a special book printed up.

For inspiration, here’s a link to a High Street institution to provide a starting point, some ideas and inspiration:

Boots: Find inspiration for creating a yearbook that’s personal to you

Something really special to do with parents and grandparents, aunts and uncles.

On a personal level I’m saddened by the number of times I hear myself say, ‘I wish I’d asked… more about their time in…’.

People seem eternal until suddenly they aren’t and glimpses of histories, snippets of stories, drips and drabs are often all we are left with along with a box of photos with no names and context.

A wonderful thing to do is sit down with someone and go through their photos, their memories, to hear their history. Make notes on the photos, in a book, digitally, however you choose to do it, grab those memories to pass down through the family. Do it and I bet you’ll discover something that will amaze you. Even better, if you can, get them to write down some of their stories or record them as they tell you about the wonderful memories they have. Preserve knowledge.

Do let us know how you get on, share with us on social media (you’ll find links on the right hand side of this page or at the bottom on mobile). We’d love to hear from you, to see some pictures and by all means share ideas for next year. We already have a growing list we couldn’t fit into this challenge.

Please continue to follow our Advent Challenge here

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