The importance of organizing and reviewing family photographs on a regular basis is among the critical things I learned along the way. Photographic records of family history are precious for too many reasons to list here.
Three years ago, we spent New Year’s Day putting the finishing touches on our boys’ photo albums. They now have a visual record from birth through the beginning of college.
As we looked at photographs of events we had forgotten, I wished we had reviewed them on a regular basis. We could have savored the memories. Perhaps we would have implanted them more deeply by discussing the photographs.
‘I don’t remember going there’ are sad words to hear when a family vacation trip was important to you.
Organizing photographs on New Year’s Day would have kept the album work manageable. It would have also given us a family activity on a day that was usually quiet and unscheduled.
News Year’s Day is a time to look forward. It also can be the best time to look back in a practical way, one which will yield fruit for many years.
I implore you to spend time looking at and discussing your photographs with your spouse and children.