Do you have someone on your list who already has everything and you are at a loss as to what to get for them for Christmas? Several years ago my children made memory boxes for my mother, my husband and me. Each child typed three separate sheets containing 20 recollections or memories about each of us, double spaced between each story and mailed the finished lists to the “organizer” who cut each sheet of memories into strips, accordian pleated them into little scrunchies and put them in three hat boxes. This was pre-casart and the boxes were covered in contact paper. I would now suggest that you use casart to cover the boxes because it is a more finished quality than contact paper, more resilient, and can be wiped clean.
This was a very laborious task and made the gift that much more appreciated. Use whatever shaped container you have handy; a cookie tin, a photo file box or even a shoe box.
The idea is to read one memory each day. My husband and I would share our memories with one another. We would read them out loud and they always made us laugh. They were a joyful way to began or end the day. We were even able to identify one daughter’s stories before we read them because they were longer and more detailed than the others. Every now and then I will take my box out and re-read a memory or two. They recapture fond memories. The memory box was so thoughtful and truly the perfect gift.
– Lorre Lei