Sunday, January 2, 2011

It's all Over

but the memories...

One thing I've been doing since about the time our son was in grade school has been to save all the photos I receive from friends & family during the holidays and then at the end of the season put them into little albums marked with the year.

This was our card this year, commemorating taking our one and only off to college with Grandma in tow and going home empty nesters!

This album holds 3 years worth!

I've found many of my little photo albums at places like Ross and Old Navy.

It was pretty rare back then to find Christmas themed ones but I think the idea has caught on and they are not as hard to find.

Now is actually a great time to pick up a few.

I just completed one and am in the market for a new one for next season.

I specifically remember finding this one a few seasons ago at Old Navy and picked up several to give as gifts to friends to encourage them to start the same tradition.

It's one of the first boxes I unpack as I look forward to taking this trip down memory lane every Christmas.  

I have to warn you though... it does make you feel old. 
The difference a year makes can be huge!


Kathysue said...

Terri, this is a wonderful tradition!!! How fun to unpack it every year. You my dear might be aging(who isn't?!) You will never be OLD!!! You are always going to be young at heart and we both know it is our heart that counts. xo Kathysue

Acquired Objects said...

Love your tradition Terri and wish I had thought of it years ago. Most of the cards we receive are of friends kids and we always marvel at the changes. Would have been nice to look back and really see them.

sharon santoni at my french country home said...

What a lovely thing to do Terri, a wonderful way to save those photo christmas cards.
When I read your posts your home sounds so well-kept and orderly, maybe you should come and straighten up this gipsy household!

Blondie's Journal said...

Very good idea, Terri. I never know what to do wth the photo cards and I just toss them. Ooh, that sounds bad!! I like your idea. I have a new tradition thanks to you.

Hope you are off to a good year!


sarah london said...

What a beautiful tradition!

Am going to keep my eyes peeled for a Christmas themed album!

Julie@beingRUBY said...

What a fabulous idea Terri
A great way to relive good memories and be surrounded by those you love!!

Hope your christmas was terrific and that the new year brings you much happiness.. xxx Julie

Unknown said...

As I was packing up our holiday decorations I kept thinking of your mom's house,lol

Happy New Year :)

kimmiethegorgeous said...

Love your traditions Terri...thanks for sharing.

1 Funky Woman said...

Happy New Year! What a fabulous idea! Keep a spot open for me. I have a card I've been meaning to drop in the mail to you! Hope your holidays were wonderful!


Anonymous said...

What a lovely idea and thanks for encouraging me that it is never too late to start a great tradition.

Unknown said...

Terri, that is a great tradition! I love looking back over the cards from years past. And, you're right....what a difference a year makes. I feel like this year my friends' children made some big leaps as the faces staring back at me were hardly recognizable! Growing up so fast!!!

So happy the book arrived - hope you've enjoyed it as much as I've enjoyed my copy!!

Happy New Year! xoxo Elizabeth

lvroftiques said...

That's such a great idea! It would be such a pleasure to check out the older ones each year. Thanks for the inspiration! I'm going to make it a tradition at my house too *winks* Vanna