Best Christmas Present??
Growing up, I always felt like my mom was a movie director. She'd have the Kodak movie camera out during every event or chased us around the yard. She wanted to keep the memories alive from our childhood. She filmed our birthdays, holidays, and ordinary fun events like my cousin, Erik, running around the house with his broom "weapon".
Many years ago, my mom passed away and her movie projector and 8mm movies came to me. I loved to watch the movies, my family history. But always felt guilty.
This year, I've set out to change that. Today I dropped off 43 8mm tapes to be converted into DVD's for my Dad and sisters. I want them to have these memories to watch each and every day. I want my nieces and nephews to get to know their mom at six or seven and get to know their Great, Great Grandpa Mori who fought in WWI or meet their Great Grandpa Watling who used to pull coins out of our ears.
What was the best gift you ever received or gave for Christmas? I'd love to hear your ideas! Who knows.. I might need it next year!!
12/16/2013 01:15:50 pm
My sister did the same for me. In the video, I'm really small, maybe 4 or 5, I'm happily swinging a screw driver in the air, happy as can be. Mum pays no attention, Dad is filming and suddenly my happiness goes to pain, I turn and look at my brother who has stabbed me in the back with the sharp point of his fighter jet. No one cares. Mother continues to ignore us, Dad continues to film. So I go back to swing the screw driver.
12/16/2013 01:30:51 pm
Sorry about your childhood memories Liza. I'm glad that life is good for you now. My movies are from when I was 4 until I turned 14. I've watched them before but now that my own children have grown and my nieces and nephew are getting older I want them to know their family.
12/16/2013 02:29:33 pm
Love that gift idea, Melissa!
12/17/2013 03:59:23 am
I hope they like it and appreciate it. These old films are all that's left of some of my family members!
12/16/2013 03:05:16 pm
What a wonderful gift, Melissa. I know your family will love it. When I thnk about a best gift, the first one to come to mind was the pair of white ice skates my maternal grandmother gave me. I was a preteen and I loved those skates and I loved her.
12/17/2013 04:00:10 am
12/16/2013 03:40:37 pm
What a lovely idea, Melissa. You can't beat the gift of personal and family heritage. It can continue to be handed down. I have none of that, only my memories. However, I'm making use of the photo book idea offered at pharmacies with deep discounts and have made one up for each of my sons this year.
12/17/2013 04:01:02 am
12/16/2013 11:47:06 pm
Unfortunately my family wasn't much for pictures and I'm pretty sure no one ever thought of filming anyone.
12/17/2013 04:01:46 am
Having your son home was truly a wonderful gift! I'm so glad you had that time and those memories!
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