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The Christmas Way-Back Machine: Day 1

Journaling Christmases Long, Long Ago

When Erin was 6 months old, I went to a Christmas market with some friends.  Along with some sparkly ornaments and a few Christmas presents, I picked up a Christmas journal . . . 


It's a structured journal, with spaces to write out the details of each of your Christmases . . . activities, meals, favorite gifts, special memories.  There are spaces to glue in a photo and your favorite Christmas card.  And it was designed to cover a 20 year span of your "Christmas memories."

I remember 30-year-old Me (a diehard journaler even then) . . . thinking how perfect and cool it would be to start this journal that year (1989) . . . just in time for Erin's first Christmas!  (I also remember freaking out quite a bit to think about her being nearly 20 by the time I filled up the journal in 2009!)  (I also freaked out to think about it being 2009, period.)

But.  Fill it up I did!


Here we are now, in 2019 . . . 30 years since I started my little Christmas journal.  I kept it up for those 20 Christmases -- not only filling out the what-we-did and what-we-ate, but also including every annual Christmas letter I ever wrote.  It's a treasure trove of Mulhern Christmas trivia and general life-happenings for those 20 years.


I don't keep up the journal anymore, of course.  It only had space for 20 Christmases, after all!  And, really . . . by 2009, I was ready to be done with all that chronicle-ing.  But I get out the book each year with my Christmas decorations.  I like to look through it -- some years I just give it a quick glance, but other years I'll read the whole thing.  It's pretty amusing, actually.  And loaded with lovely memories.

This week, I'm busy getting ready for our winter solstice party on Thursday.  And Tom's birthday on Friday.  And Erin and Keith's arrival on Sunday.  And Christmas next week.  There's a lot going on.  It's all under control (pretty much), but I don't have a lot of creative ideas when it comes to blogging right now.  So . . . I think I'll do this . . . 

I'll pick a few Christmas memories from my Christmas journal and share them with you.  It'll be like . . . telling you things I would have blogged back in the day. . . if I had blogged back in the day.

So join me tomorrow . . . when I share the story that re-ignited Erin's belief in Santa when said belief was beginning to fade.





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I can't wait to read that story! It must be such fun to look back through that book. What a treasure trove. This is such a busy time of year for everyone. Happy solstice (a bit early)!


What a fun group of memories! I look forward to you sharing snippets with us! (and journaling is blogging - without the publish button, amirite?) xo


I'm impressed that you kept the journal up for 20 years, and looking forward to reading your shared memories!


What a great idea! It must be really fun to be able to go back and relive those memories now. I look forward to hearing what you have to share!

Honore´ Francois

Hooray for you! Those 20 years of memories will be forever treasured by Erin and future generations as well as your family, now! I don't have a 20 years’ journal but every Christmas, my childhood memories are revived and I keep journals and make albums...which reminds me, I’ve got to get started on this year’s album.

Enjoy the memories and thanks for sharing!


I can't wait to read your families Christmas saga! This is going to be so fun. Have a magical Solstice, Kym!


That's a very cool journal Kym and a perfect way to get through a full week AND still blog (I must admit, I'm very bad at that!)


What a great idea and I'm looking forward to reading. Love that 1991 is in the shot - my first Christmas as a mom!


Looking forward to that story.


That journal is such a treasure! The solstice is tomorrow? Ugh, I've lost track. You must be really looking forward to seeing Erin & Keith. I hope Brian and Lauren will be there, too, so you can have a truly full Christmas.


Wow - 20 years! I’ve been trying to convince myself to take on a line a day journal for a year.

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