How Much Do You Know About Your Great Grandparents?

How Much Do You Know About Your Great Grandparents? #ctmh #closetomyheart #memorykeeping #scrapbooking #genealogy #familyhistory

This month is National Scrapbooking Month, and we want to take a moment to explain why memory keeping matters so deeply to us. In addition to the cathartic, empowering experience of creating something with your own two hands, scrapbooking allows you to fully preserve your memories: You can combine photos, stories, and mementos all in one place while creating artwork that is a reflection of you. These are the little things that represent your unique life, a life no one else lives or will ever live.

Did you know that it only takes three generations for your story to be lost? Think about it: Your children will remember some stories about you, and your grandchildren may remember a handful, but unless you have your memories preserved, you’ll be nothing more than a name, and maybe a face, to your great grandchildren and their posterity.

How Much Do You Know About Your Great Grandparents? #ctmh #closetomyheart #memorykeeping #scrapbooking #genealogy #familyhistory

We now live in a generation consumed with sharing the present moment through channels like Facebook and Instagram, and even more short-lived forms like Insta stories and Snapchat. They’re an easy and fast way to share photos, which sounds great, right? However, if you were to look back at your social media accounts 40 years from now (assuming they still exist!) do they truly capture your story? Will your great grandchildren have access to these accounts, and if so, will what they see fully capture the legacy of your life?

The art of writing down our stories, printing our photos, saving our mementos, and storing everything in albums seems to be a dying art, but this is still the best way to preserve our memories. It gives you something tangible that can literally be handed down from generation to generation, something that can be experienced in person.

How Much Do You Know About Your Great Grandparents? #ctmh #closetomyheart #memorykeeping #scrapbooking #genealogy #familyhistory

Also, your story isn’t the only one that can be lost. If no one else preserves your family’s stories, they will be lost as well. These are the stories of the people who mean the world to you, who fill your life with meaning and purpose.

We’re talking about the big stories here, the stories you yourself could never forget but others may not remember. When it comes to the small, beautiful, everyday moments, like the first word your child pronounces wrong or a kind act of service your spouse performs—these moments can be forgotten within months, weeks, even days unless you write them down, which is why we need to be diligent in our memory keeping. Time makes everything fade so fast.

Here is our plea to you, our readers. Please don’t let your stories be forgotten. When it comes down to it, it really doesn’t matter how exactly you preserve your memories, so long as you do it in a way that is meaningful to your posterity, easy for them to access, and will live far beyond your years.

How Much Do You Know About Your Great Grandparents? #ctmh #closetomyheart #memorykeeping #scrapbooking #genealogy #familyhistory

It’s okay if you’re not a great scrapbooker. It’s okay if the pages you create aren’t perfect. It’s okay to stick to pocket scrapbooking or pre-cut kits because that’s all you have time for. We’ve got news for you, folks: There’s no “right” way to scrapbook! What really matters is that we all remember how important it is to preserve our stories and photos, and that we each do something about it before it’s too late.

If you are willing to pledge that your memories and the memories of your family won’t be forgotten, please sign your name in the comments below and share this post on Facebook. Make a goal to spend even 10 minutes a day preserving your memories, or maybe 30 minutes a week! Do whatever you can, just don’t let your story and the stories of your family be forgotten. Together, we can help others rediscover memory keeping and the true importance of it to future generations.

Let’s do this! 🙂

Recipes

12″ x 12″ Cut Above® Live Beautifully Layout
CC1225 Live Beautifully D-ring Album Bundle

12″ x 12″ Hello Life Pocket Scrapbooking Layout
B1548 My Acrylix® Journaling Prompts Stamp Set, D1702 My Acrylix® Capture This Stamp Set, CC1212B Live Beautifully Paper Packet, Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3217 Picture My Life™ Watercolor Cards—Gold, Z3264 Good Life Complements, Z3267 All Together Complements, Z3269 You & Me Complements, Z2012 Sequins Gold Assortment, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen

6″ x 8″ Everyday Life™ Mini Album Beautiful Life Story Layout
B1548 My Acrylix® Journaling Prompts Stamp Set, Z3294 Memo Fundamentals, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5770 Glacier Cardstock, Z2872 Whisper Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2841 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3273 Baby Boy Complements, Z9979 Everyday Life™ Album—Stripes, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen, Z3252 Memory Protectors™ 6″ x 8″

6″ x 8″ Everyday Life™ Mini Album Smile Layout
CC1212C My Acrylix® Live Beautifully Stamp Set, C1212B Live Beautifully Paper Packet, Z2844 Pixie Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2872 Whisper Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z3283 Picture My Life™ Overlays—White Frames, Z9979 Everyday Life™ Album—Stripes, Z3192 Memory Protectors™ 6″ x 8″, Z3191 Memory Protectors™ 3″ x 4″X7219C Little Dreamer Complements, Z3314 Black & White Dots, Z2068 Ranger™ White Super Fine Embossing Powder, Z555 Craft Heater

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Grandma’s Old-Fashioned Dry Dressing

Looking for a new dish to add to your Christmas feast? How about something time-tested? The recipe we’re about to share is definitely that (a hundred years, at least), but you can be sure nothing about it has gone out of style. It’s an oldie, but the Close To My Heart employee who shared it guarantees that her great grandmother’s recipe has yet to disappoint.

Cooks young and old, we bring to you Grandma’s Old-Fashioned Dry Dressing! Savory and crumbly in the most delicious way, this dish will have everyone coming back for more. Good thing it’s so easy to make!

Dry dressing

Adjust the following ingredients to meet your family’s needs, but don’t skimp on your favorites. 🙂

1. Two days before your feast, spread out slices of 1 loaf white bread on baking sheets to dry in the open air.   2. When you’re ready to prepare your meal, break bread slices into bite-sized pieces. (They don’t have to be completely dry to still be delicious!) Place them in a 3-quart baking dish.   3. Chop an onion into bite-sized pieces and mix in with bread.   4. Sprinkle rubbed sage into mixture to taste.   5. Melt a cube of butter and drizzle over mixture. (It’s up to you how much butter you use, but keep in mind that the butter will help cook your onions and lends a lot of flavor to your dressing.)   6. Cover dish and bake at 350° for approximately 45 minutes to thoroughly cook your onions and to produce a steaming final product. If you prefer crunchy onions, remove dish from oven sooner. *Note: Shallower dishes will require less baking time.

If you have extra stuffing mixture that won’t fit in your baking dish, store it in the fridge and bake it to eat with your other leftovers the next day. There aren’t usually leftovers of this dish once the feast is over, so you’ll be glad to have such a treat.

We hope you enjoy this old-fashioned addition to your feast. Happy Holidays!

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