November is the owner of an often-overlooked celebration known as Family Stories Month. It’s a simple thing, really. Just a time to reflect on the silly, funny, serious and sometimes terrifying stories that help define our family units.
These are the stories of us. They can make us laugh, cry and experience every emotion in between. Sometimes all at once. That’s because these stories helped make us what we are.
Every family has thousands of stories. Some are epic tales that changed lives. Others are small anecdotes that bring us happy memories of someone, or some moment in time. But they are all important. And they are all worth sharing.
Share Your Family History
You may have stories you only think about every few years. That you only tell when certain relatives gather together. November is the perfect time to polish off these noteworthy narratives.
How will you share your family stories? Perhaps a newsletter sent to relatives, long-distance phone calls or even a personal blog. Telling these stories will remind you of the moments that shaped your life, and give new listeners incredible insight into their own family tree.
Trace Your Family Tree
Everyone has a story to tell. Some are new, but others date back decades or even centuries. Family History Month is a great time to discover your ancestry.
Use November as an opportunity to learn about the past, from people who lived it. Ask your relatives for stories from their lifetimes, and from many years ago. You’ll be surprised at what you’ll hearow.
Search For Family
Are you missing family members? Relatives who moved away and lost touch over time? It can happen to anyone. In our fast-paced world it’s all too easy for people to drift apart.
The good news is it’s never too late to reconnect. If you’ve lost touch with someone from your past, find them again using social networks, help from other relatives or a peoplefinders website. Reunite with your loved ones to share those family stories again, and build new ones for tomorrow.