Down the Tree
For those who get their trees from a tree farm, cutting
down the tree is a favorite Christmas activity. Take
pictures of the tree before, during and after the cutting.
Journal about who picked out the tree, where you got
the tree and what the weather was like that day.
Trimming the Tree
Whether your tree is real or artificial, trimming the
tree is a special event. Take pictures of the tree in
various stages of being decorated. Include people hanging
their favorite ornaments, putting on the star or angel,
and posing with the fully decorated and lit tree.
Deck the Halls
In addition to the tree, you probably have lots of
other Christmas decorations throughout the house. Take
photos of the foyer, staircase, dining room or any other
room you've spruced up for the holidays. If you have
outdoor displays and lights, remember
to take pictures of them, too.
Christmas Holiday Traditions
We all have our own Christmas traditions such as baking
cookies, going caroling, or hosting the neighborhood
party. Make sure to capture these special traditions
Keep in mind that journaling is especially
important when it comes to traditions. For example,
include your family's cookie
recipe or some of the words from a favorite Christmas
Letters to Santa/Christmas Lists
you have children who write Christmas lists and/or letters
to Santa, make copies before mailing them so that they
can be preserved in your scrapbook album. You, your
children and your grandchildren will surely enjoy reading
those letters together one day.
'Twas the Night Before Christmas
Here are some ideas of what to take pictures of on
Christmas Eve: the family dinner; a gathering of family
and friends; everyone dressed in their "Sunday
best" for Christmas Eve mass; stockings hung by
the chimney with care; snack/drink/note left for Santa
and his reindeer.
If Santa leaves the note behind, remember to save it
for the scrapbook
If you have young children Christmas morning can be
quite chaotic, and it may not be easy to get certain
shots. Some to try for are:
- the kids coming down the
stairs and/or into the room with the tree;
- the tree
before all the gifts go flying;
- the full stockings hanging
by the fireplace;
- everyone with his/her favorite gift;
- the family
Whether you're traveling over the river and through
the woods or hosting at home, it's hard to get pictures
of everyone you're celebrating with.
Try for a whole
group photo (if the group's not too big) or break it
down into smaller groups: the grandparents with the
grandchildren; the grandparents with their own children;
the men/boys; the women/girls; three or more generations;
a photo of each family. Remember to include everyone's
name in your journaling.
Christmas Card and Newsletter
Particularly if your Christmas card has a picture of
your family or children on it, be sure to put it in
your scrapbook album. You may also want to include any
special cards you received - for example, a baby's
first Christmas card from Grandma and Grandpa. And
if you write an annual newsletter to send out with your
Christmas cards, put a copy of the newsletter in your
scrapbook album as well.
The holidays tend to be a time for formal/professional
portraits: family portraits, portraits of the children,
and the traditional picture with Santa. If you saved
your children's letters
to Santa, you can make a two-page spread of the
letters along with the picture of the children on Santa's
Keep this Christmas list of scrapbooking
ideas handy during the holiday season, and you'll
be sure to capture those precious Christmas memories.
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Merry Christmas and Happy Scrapping!
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About the Author
Lisa Fleming is an avid scrapbooker and the owner of Scrapbook
Town, LLC. Scrapbook Town is a scrapbooking website
that has scrapbook information, ideas and supplies.