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Make Your Traditions Into Memories You Can Share

Years ago, a friend told me about her Halloween tradition. Every year since her oldest son was born, they went to the local Pumpkin Patch in their Halloween costumes to take photos. She has an entire collection of her boys playing in their costumes among the pumpkins, from babyhood on up. I told her I’d love it if she’d bring her pictures in to share. She looked at me blankly — they were all stored in boxes and it’d take a few days to round them up. A week later, she brought a smattering in, frustrated that she couldn’t find more but knowing she had them “somewhere.”

When my son was born, I decided I wanted to have a Pumpkin Patch tradition. So at two months old, we dressed him up (as a pumpkin no less!) and headed to the Halloween Pumpkin Patch for pictures. Last year, again we dressed up and headed to the patch for pictures, this time as Tigger. This past Saturday, we loaded up and played at the patch dressed as a froggie.

Yesterday a coworker asked to see my Pumpkin Patch pictures. Uh oh. I’ve got them online easily accessible…but finding the prints could take a few days. It hit me — is this the way I want my tradition’s memories to be, the same way my friend’s had been, buried in boxes or on disks never to be seen again?

Now I’m putting together a Halloween Book. I picked up a simple black photo album with a picture hole in the cover and made a little Halloween Pumpkin graphic to slide in the cover. I’m grabbing a couple of photos from each of the past Halloweens to start the book, and then in coming years, I can just add the new photos in after the older ones.

This is an easy project to start now since my son is only on his third Halloween, and it’ll be simple to add in the new pictures each year. Next year when someone asks to see the photos — and I know they will since my son will have a little brother to take to the patch — I’ll have my book ready to go. And more importantly, my boys will be able to easily look through the book every year and remember our fun outings to the Pumpkin Patch and laugh about their costumes.

Do you have a holiday tradition? It doesn’t have to be Halloween — a Thanksgiving book or a Valentine book or a Fourth of July book could be just as special and just as easy to update. The important part is finding a simple way for you to record and remember your traditions that doesn’t take more time than the celebrating!

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