Xmas ornaments have stories to tell us.

Xmas memoriesMany of us have Xmas ornaments that have a story to tell. Some of our ornaments go back many generations.
Sitting around your holiday tree share the tales of each and every one.

Happy Christmakwanzikah to all.

Hanukkah memories: sour cream or applesauce?

Lighting the candles on the Chanukah menorah

“Applesauce or sour cream?” will be one of the most hotly debated issues around family tables this Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights.

The Jewish holiday of Hanukkah begins this coming weekend and will last for eight days. The holiday celebrates the triumph of the Maccabees over the Assyrian Greeks 2300 years ago and of the re-consecration of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem.

Families everywhere will soon sing festival songs and light Hanukkah candles on a Menorah, an eight-branched candelabra, adding one candle each night until the candelabra is completely filled with light on the very last night of the festival holiday.

The issue at stake surrounds the humble Latke, a potato pancake, Hanukkah’s signature food. There are a wide variety of opinions regarding how to make latkes correctly, what they should taste like, and whether a latke is best eaten with a liberal application of applesauce or sour cream. Every family has a slightly different recipe and public heated debates have been held surrounding latkes, their use and preparation. I am a sour cream stalwart.

What was Hanukkah like for you growing up? How did your family prepare latkes? Or did your family like make sufganiyot, ball shaped fried doughnuts instead? Has someone actually written down the family recipe?

Did you family give Hanukkah Gelt, spin the Dreidel together, exchange gifts with one another, Christmas-style. Some families give a gift for each night, some only once, and some give no gifts. What are your family’s festival traditions? How has the Hanukkah celebration changed for your family over the years?

Use can ask these questions and find other questions like these on the Memoriesbroughttolife website. Use them as a guide to recover your parents’ and grandparents’ memories of Hanukkah. There are pages you can use either stand alone, or as part of a family Living Legacy LifeBook.

To obtain these free pages, click on the Downloads tab on the Memoriesbroughttolife website and be guided through a very simple process, entering your name and e-mail address to be provided complementary access to all downloadable files available.

These are irreplaceable memories well worth keeping, valuable memories providing a window into the lives of our ancestors.

Happy Chanukah!

 

Pearl Harbor Day memories

Where you, your parents or grandparents on the Day of Infamy?

Nothing would ever be the same after that day, December 7, 1941, the day Imperial Japanese airplanes attacked U.S. naval fleets and air force bases in Hawaii.

That day, that would be known as Pearl Harbor Day would be remembered as the day our nation’s view of itself and of its role in the world altered forever and laid the groundwork for the world we know today.

Before the end of the Second World War ended, millions of American would be drafted to serve in the American armed forces and Americans would join together to support a national war effort.

And it all began seventy-two years ago this week on December 7th, 1941.

How long did it take them to hear of the attack in the days before television and Internet?  How were their lives affected? Did your family plant a Victory garden,  collect tin foil, or participate in scrap drives for the war effort? Do they remember rationing? How did rationing affect your family and community?

Use can ask these questions and find other questions like these here on the Memoriesbroughttolife website. Use them as a guide to uncover your parents or grandparents memories of that historic day. These are pages you can use either stand alone, or as part of a family Living Legacy LifeBook.

To obtain these free pages, click on the Downloads tab on the Memoriesbroughttolife website and be guided through a very simple process, entering your name and e-mail address to be provided complementary access to all downloadable files available.

These are irreplaceable memories well worth keeping, valuable memories providing a window into the lives of those who not only remember December 7, 1941, but who actually lived through that historical day.

 

Kennedy assassination memories: free download pages

November 22, 1963 was the day that changed the history of our nation, much as the events of September 11, 2001 did thirty-eight years later.

It was the day that President John F. Kennedy was shot while riding in a motorcade with First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy and Texas Governor John Connally in Dallas Texas.

I was only thirteen years old standing up in the eighth grade English class of Junior High School 145 in New York when the announcement came out over the school public address system that our president had been shot. It was a moment that is forever etched in my memory.

Where were you; where were they the day President John F. Kennedy was shot?

Go to Memoriesbroughttolife.com to download your complimentary pages; pages you can use to record your own memories of that day or the memories of family members who lived through that fateful day.

Use the complimentary templates you find there as a guide to recover and record how you, your parents or grandparents experienced the day President Kennedy was shot, how it changed our nation, our families and communities and add them to your personal Living Legacy Lifebook.

Thanksgiving Memories: complementary pages ready to download

Hot off our Living Legacy LifeBook press in time for Thanksgiving!

Free Thanksgiving page templates ready for you to download today!

We know the Holidays are special for everyone and they are chocked full of memories from your parents and grandparents. Now is the time to capture them as they remember and recall all the wonderful events that happened during these last three months of the year.

These are pages you can use either stand alone or as part of your Living Legacy LifeBook.

To take advantage of these pages, go to the “DOWNLOADS” tab on our site and be guided through a very simple process where you just have to enter your name and e-mail and you will be provided complementary access to all the downloads we currently have available.

So don’t delay, these won’t stay up forever but we would love for you to have them and add them to your collection and capture these wonderful memories.

Thank you…can’t wait to hear more about some of the wonderful memories you have captured!!

May we all enjoy a memorable Thanksgiving.

My mother was a Playboy Bunny…What?

It’s amazing the answers you get when you ask the right questions…or maybe the interesting questions. When your mother tells you she was a Playboy bunny for 6 months in 1965, you have obviously stumbled across one of these questions. Knowing the “right” questions to ask can open up a world you might never have known about and yet would love to know. Here is one of those great answers one of our customers shared with us…what a great memory!

It isn’t something you’d expect your mother to be. She was certainly a pretty woman who dyed her hair a pale ash blonde in those days, and wore her hair in a twist that resembled one worn by famous French actress Brigitte Bardot. She had a slight space between her front teeth that was reminiscent of Marilyn Monroe. Interestingly, her name was Nora, similar to Marilyn’s real name. While my mother wore her hair up and back, in a sweep, it managed to come free in just the right way so that tendrils would flow and nicely frame her face. On her it looked sexy. When I tried to copy it, it just looked messy on me and yet we have similar facial structures.

She was divorcing my father in 1965 and because she was already pregnant with my step-father’s baby, they wanted it done fast. The only way they could get a quickie divorce in those days was to run off to Reno and establish residency. My step father remained in California with her 6 kids (from my father) while she got hired on in Las Vegas at the Playboy club. I lived in New Jersey then, with my father, the soon-to-be-divorced man. The plan was that I’d re-join the family in California once the school year was over.

If I hadn’t seen the picture of her standing in front of the club wearing the famous uniform, I never would have believed it. Her uniform was red, with the fluffy white tail. We have two pictures: one of her alone and another with a couple of other bunnies. I would never have imagined my mother as a sexy-looking woman. After all, she had six kids already, and one on the way. She ultimately had eight children. I was more attached to seeing her like June Cleaver, with an apron and cookies in the oven, but we do have evidence of her foray into an ostentatious symbol of the sexual revolution. My mother returned to California, divorce in hand, when the six months was up. She was married to my step father in a quickie Vegas ceremony. She never spoke of it.

How many have a “Playboy Bunny” in their family history? How do you know? Have you asked? Ask the unusual questions and you might get some memorable stories that might otherwise be lost forever. Share your most unusual story with us…just click the Share YOUR Story tab and start typing!

My Aunt Florence was a blonde…really?

Every family member has their secrets, some larger than others, but they all have their secrets. Uncovering these secrets along the journey to learning more abouty our family members and their past is not only an adventure, it is just plain EXCITING! My Aunt Florence was no blonde. My Aunt Florence, to the day she…

Social Media brings “Stories” to Life!!

When we first created LifeBooks and started sharing them with our friends, family, and colleagues we knew we had something special.  Special not just because it allowed people to capture memories and organize them in a book but because they contained “Stories” of people’s lives.  Stories that may be lost forever if they aren’t being…