My oldest sister started The Christmas Book in 2001. Our family had always been extremely tight knit, probably even more than we would have been by default because we moved around so much. We were beginning to grow up – going to college, graduating, getting jobs, getting married, and starting our own families. My sister proposed that, every Christmas, we each send something that she could compile in a family book, so that – no matter how far away we were – we could share a piece of our lives, keeping family close during the holiday season in spite of physical distance.
Twelve years later, the Christmas book is still going strong – and, this year, six-year-old Emma started pulling out old volumes. She loves reading about her aunts and uncles and cousins over the years, and she finds my submission one year of some of my favorite kid quotes from when she was younger particularly amusing!
There are no rules about what you can submit. We have poems, songs, drawings, essays, memories, family histories, and old photos, letters, and journal entries. It’s a chance to share something that might not come up at a family gathering – especially when geography and the continued absence of teleportation (despite my constant requests for someone to please, please, please invent it) make family gatherings few and far between.
How do you keep in touch with family and friends from far away?