I don’t know about you but my favorite part about winter is cozying up next to a warm fire with my family and some hot chocolate. Nothing quite beats the feeling you get knowing your loved ones are around and there’s no other place else you need to be. With the impending cold front looming over the Northeast for the next week, it looks like this is what my plans are going to be as much as possible. Who wants to be out in temperatures only hitting the teens? Not me, that’s for sure. This also brings up a great opportunity - to digitize family photos.
We spend hours a week watching TV, surfing the net or using some other kind of technology driven device that is slowly taking away from uninterrupted time you spend with your family. While you’re enjoying the time by the fire, you might want to take this opportunity to go through your old pictures and decide what family photos should be digitized. Create memories, revitalize family, explore your genealogy - all while spreading the warmth of the love you have for all your most previous memories.
Create Personal Memories
The photos from passed events are your memories from all the parties, graduation ceremonies, weddings and anniversaries you want to remember for the rest of your life. We take photos even more now than we did ten years ago but when they’re on a phone or a digital camera - it is much easier to re-live and share the moment. The photos of your childhood, your parents and your grandparents are memories themselves but to digitize family photos, you’ll be creating more personal memories from the process of digitizing the photos. You can share the process with your children, husband or wife, brothers and sisters - whoever wants to be involved!
Everyone’s family generational spread is different. Regardless of whether your parents are in their 60’s, 70’s or 80’s - digitizing family photos could revitalize the memories they have of their experiences. I can’t remember what I had for breakfast let alone what happened 10 or 20 years ago so I can’t imagine what my parents must not remember! We don’t like to admit it but as we get older sometimes you forget things. Taking old photos that aren’t in the best condition and turning them into clear, crisp digital photos allows you revitalize someone’s memory. With the newly digitized photos, you can put them in photo books, frames, or upload them anywhere online. I can bet that your parents will appreciate the reminder of your most prized moments.
Genealogy is the study of the origin and history of your family - the record of your ancestors. As your children grow and get older there will probably come a time where they ask you about your childhood and their grandparents. It is unavoidable to assume that children these days are so much more technologically advanced than you or I was as a kid. They will most likely appreciate a digital representation of their family history more than a photo album that is dusty and has yellowed. When you’re sitting around the fire this weekend think about it - wouldn’t it to nice to show off your history in a slideshow on your monitor or TV?
The avergae temperature for the next week is going to be in the teens for the Northeast - let's just say if you live around here and don't want to leave your house, I don't blame you. In the meantime while you have some free time, the best way to warm up your home is with love and family. Digitizing family photos is a great way to take that journey down memory lane!
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