Five Minute Family History

Save the stories! Become a story-catcher during your coffee break!

Welcome!  I'm glad you found me. I hope we can have fun here and do something really important, too. Doing family history isn’t only about visiting graveyards and documenting all the begats of dead ancestors, it’s also capturing living memory and creating a story your descendants will be eager to read.   So set aside a few short minutes–with morning coffee, at lunchtime or before bed–and write, type or speak fast!

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Holiday Traditions

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I've been away for awhile, enjoying the holiday season with family.  But now it's time to get back to business.  Our challenge for today's five-minute-family-history exercise is to choose one holiday tradition in your family and write about it.  This may be a tradition that has carried down through the generations, or one that you've established in your family that you hope will continue for generations to come.  

In our family we celebrated St. Nicholas Day on December 6th when our children were little, and hope to reestablish that tradition with our grandchildren.  On the night of  December 5th the children left their shoes by the front door along with a carrot and bit of hay for St. Nicholas' donkey.  They awoke the next morning to find the carrot and hay gone and a small gift inside their shoe.