DIY Memory Books For That Special Person
One particular Christmas I wanted to give my Mum something special, so I decided to make her a Memory Book.
I went to Paperchase and bought the tiniest of plain notebooks. I sat down and I wrote one thing per page: things I loved about her, things she’d said or done that had made me laugh, things she’d taught me, memories of us, memories of her, things from when I was three…. and I wrote and wrote until I’d filled every page. I called it ‘My Memory Book.’
I wrapped it up carefully in a piece of golden silk, and I gave it to her on Christmas day. I watched her face as she unwrapped it. She looked confused and then she started to read it. As she slowly turned the pages, her face crumpled and the tears flowed. Finally she looked up and she said, ‘thank you darling, no-one has ever done this for me before.’
It was a wonderful thing to be able to do: to go through my memories of her while she was still here and to be able to tell her about them. Sitting down and spending the time to think about her in peace, brought up far more memories than would have come up in while we were chatting. I wanted her to know what impact she’d had on my life. You may say ‘well she knows, she’s your mother,’ but we don’t know unless someone tells us do we?
Hearing how much someone loves you is a precious precious gift and it’s no use in a eulogy is it?
If there’s anyone you know who would really enjoy hearing how much of an impact they’ve made on your life, or how much you appreciate them this Christmas, make one of these! Don’t wait until until they’re terminally ill, or gone.
You may be interested in reading my thoughts on Talking To Our Kids About Death when they’re very young.
Try our amazingly unique and magical Family Christmas Tradition of Christmas Letter Bundles from the North Pole. Elf letters filled with secrets and snippets from the North Pole, for you to deliver very mysteriously … for your children to find.
*You don’t need an Elf or a Fairy Door to enjoy these letters. Pop them by their toothbrushes, in the shoes, stashed away in their toys – have fun!
A sneaky listen to our Advent Calendar Christmas letter bundle …
Take your children on a magical journey with these unique, hand-drawn letters from two of the most magical places on earth … the North Pole and Fairyland.
Hide them among the bills and junk mail, lay them on the table first thing in the morning, stashed among the toys, or snuggled up in their bed. You choose where your children find the letters, to create a magical family tradition the kids will love!
“The best Christmas idea ever.” – Charlie Condou (Actor)
“These were the best things I have ever (and I mean ever) ordered!!
I’ve never seen the magic or happiness last so long x”
– Jolene (August 2017)
If your child believes in Father Christmas and you want to keep the magic for as long as possible, There are new Christmas Letter Bundles each year.