For the past few years we have been interviewing family members about Christmas and recording their responses. You could preserve the interview in a written record, or some other form of media such as a DVD – it’s all about being creative. So far, our family has been collating these interviews into a book and it makes for a wonderful keepsake full of Christmas memories and traditions that have spanned four generations in our family. The beauty of this book is that we have treasured records from Great Grand Parents that are no longer with us.

Once the interview has been collated, you can think about creative ways to preserve the responses – make scrapbook pages, children could draw pictures to complement the responses, collage images, include photos, or create a DVD. There are many possibilities.

Some possible questions to ask family and/or friends include:

  • Full name and age of the person being interviewed
  • Describe a “typical” Christmas day.
  • What is your favourite Christmas carol? Why does this carol appeal to you?
  • What Christmas foods do you really enjoy?
  • Do you have a favourite Christmas recipe that you like to prepare or cook? (If possible, try and obtain a hand written copy of the recipe from the person you are interviewing.)
  • What is your favourite Christmas story or book? Can you tell us a little bit about it and why it is special to you?
  • Do you have a favourite Christmas decoration?
  • What are some of your Christmas traditions?
  • What is on your Christmas wish list this year?
  • What is your most treasured Christmas memory of all time?
  • What has been the most special gift you have ever given and/or received?

Our first treasured interview: