I recommend getting the younger family members involved in talking with older family members about their childhood Christmas memories. Below is a list of Christmas-related questions that kids can ask other family members. Not only that, but I recommend that the kids themselves record their answers to these questions, letting their memories also become meaningful records in our family history files.
How did your family decorate their house for Christmas? What did your Christmas tree look like and what did you decorate it with?
At whose house did you celebrate Christmas with your extended family? Who was there? Describe what the house looked like.
Did you attend church with your family on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day? If so, which church did you attend? Describe what the service was like.
What games did your family like to play together at Christmas gatherings?
What was your favorite Christmas gift you received as a child?
What gifts did you NOT like getting for Christmas?
Was there a gift you really, really wanted but did not get? If so, what was it?
What was your favorite holiday food served by your family? What was your least favorite holiday food?
Do you remember Christmas shopping with your family? Which stores did you go to? Describe the store decorations, if you remember them.
What kinds of Christmas presents do you remember giving to your parents and/or siblings?
What kinds of smells do you remember from Christmastime experiences?
What other special holiday traditions do you remember from your childhood? Baking days? Crafts? Special songs or prayers? Watching holiday movies or plays or reading holiday stories?
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