Memory Logs

Memory Logs 2007Our family has a tradition that we call Memory Logs. I don’t recall exactly where we got the idea, but we’ve done it every year since the children were babies.

The way it works is that every year after taking down our Christmas tree, instead of just throwing it out, we cut off the branches and cut the stem into six equal lengths, which get bundled up and stored in the garage to dry until the following Christmas. On Christmas day, after the Christmas story has been read and the gifts have been opened, we burn our Memory Logs. One by one, we take a piece of last year’s Christmas tree and share a significant memory from the year just passed, before adding the log to the fire.

Being the patriarch, I usually go last, which has a couple of disadvantages, including the risk of being incinerated by the roaring fire, and having someone else use my memory. This year, since the week at Pigeon Lake had already been used, I mentioned that I had started a blog and managed to keep it going for six whole months.

Small traditions like this can be part of the glue that holds a family together. I really appreciate the fact that, although we probably squabble as much as any other family, the kids look forward to this annual time of togetherness.

The 2007 Christmas tree has been sitting in the back yard. Today I finally got around to cutting it up, in preparation for next Christmas. I pray that the memories of 2008 will be good.

2008 memory log preparation

5 Responses to “Memory Logs”

  1. Marc says:

    Cool. I hope we can develop some traditions like that in our family. Can we steal that one?

  2. Phil L says:

    Well, since it’s not our original idea but we “stole” it from someone else, feel free.

    By the way, it doesn’t work very well for people with artificial trees and no fireplace.

  3. Sarah says:

    What a great idea!

  4. Linea says:

    I have heard you talk about this tradition before. I think it is a wonderful tradition. Maybe one we could start too.

    But then I’d have to get someone to cut up the tree – which is still sitting on our front porch – and remember to save the special wood somewhere.

    Not sure if I am well enough organized!

  5. lisa says:

    That’s really cool. I like that idea.