Memories are our most precious treasures that cannot be replaced nor bought. It is what makes us who we are in our eyes and in others. Your moments with your family are the most treasured of all. The most important minutes when you were born or your child has caught the first glimpse of the world should always be remembered and shared. There are a million reasons why you should safeguard those dearest moments of your family but here are some of them.
Why Keeping Your Family Memories Alive are Important?
Keeping those fleeting moments of your life and your family is undoubtedly important in a lot of angles. You can pass it down to generations of your family depending on how well you keep a record of it.
To Have a Sense of History Within The Family
You and the future generations of your family would appreciate knowing that they have a history to look back to. A written account such as a book can bridge this gap of memories. Gabriella Kelly-Davies makes it her job to tell the stories of individuals who seek to preserve their family’s heritage by sharing their stories with the world. There is that unexplained cosmic relationship within generations of the family that when you don’t have one, you just feel lost and devoid of history.
It is innate in humans to find that feeling of belongingness through our history. We bond because of the shared moments. Even on your dates, you talk about things that are more or less common to both of you. History isn’t just about telling stories but more about giving life to people that you may have not crossed paths with in your life and you consider as part of your family tree.
Remember Lost Loved Ones
Names of your granddad, grandma, and how many folds of grandparents will not cut it out when you don’t have a face to identify it to. The love and life of the older years always come alive from those snapshots of photos from years and decades back.
Our parents and us will always remember our ancestors and elders when there is something to remind us of them. Their faces, stories, smiles, and laughs are precious when years are upon you or a family member. A simple memento is worth a thousand memories that you can cherish when you need to reconnect and be one with them.
Carry on The Traditions
In those memories passed on, there might be generations of traditions that your three times granddad has started and passed onto future members of the family. Traditions during holidays like Christmas, New Years’, Easter, Australia Day, or even intimate ones like a family member’s birthday or wedding should be preserved and shared with the family.
Those memories might come from heirlooms, photos, or a written composition that the family bonds every so often. Keeping your family’s traditions alive has a great impact on your child or future children. The traditions that you share with your little ones are a key part of your bonding experience. More than that, traditions give them an identity, a sense of belongingness.
Carry on the Family’s Culture
All of us come from different races and intermingled with others too. When your grandparents and their folds of parents keep their memories of the olden days, it gives you and the present generation an insight into where your family’s ancestors belong in the scheme of things.
Moreover, culture handed down to generations of family line is significant for medical research. The race has been found out to play a role in identifying the responses of different ethnicities to diseases and drugs. Giving your ancestors this knowledge would help in determining their safety and even other people’s of the same culture and ethnic identity.
Keeping your family memories alive and being exercised is as important as creating new ones. So how do you keep these precious moments still fresh to the eyes of future generations?
Ways to Preserve Generations of Family Memories
Digitizing the old photos of your ancestors is a smart way to keep them alive in the eyes of your children and their future offsprings as well. That way, when the images are already too discolored and damaged that identifying the people in the photos are difficult, their faces will still be seen in the digital copies.
Also, photograph your family gatherings and special events, keep them in a special hard drive that’s dedicated only to your family’s moments and keep the equipment in excellent condition. You will surely have fun watching the days when your sister slipped on the floor and put a cake on your brother’s face when that’s caught on tape.
Take care of the family’s most precious ornaments or properties. Heirlooms are not limited to gems, jewels, gold furnishings, and such. You might have a Christmas star or angel that was brought by your grandparents and has been used by your family for decades. Keep it. It will give your daughters and sons a strong connection to the family.
You can even keep music sheets, letters, poems, and a book written by your grandma decades ago. It is in these simple things that you can surely commemorate and honor their life. Remember, humans are capable of experiencing feelings even just by looking at a photograph. Simple family heirlooms can make you feel the same way too.
Making memories and keeping them to give a sense of connection for you and your future lineage is undoubtedly important. Giving faces to the names of our folds of generations of grandparents will give us a sense of identity in this overpopulated world. We can bond because of these memories and even create an oral culture that we can pass on to our future children. There are many ways on how we can keep the traditions, memories, and culture alive and well within our family’s heritage. Technology and our own creativity give us the capacity to do so. Whatever methods we employ to keep those special moments encapsulated for generations, one thing is for sure, creating and keeping our family’s memories is vital to our own existence.
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