Memory Trigger – Writing Christmas Memories

Christmas isn’t always as happy a time as we would want. Do you have a memory of a Christmas that disappointed you? Were your expectations for a certain gift not fulfilled? We’re you unable to be with loved ones? Write about the circumstances around that disappointment. Tell why you fixated on that anticipated gift and what it meant to you. Try to figure out why it wasn’t forthcoming and explain that situation.

If you spent a Christmas away from home, write about how that happened. Describe the setting where you celebrated the holiday and how it was different from your family gatherings. If you were able to salvage a merry Christmas from the situation, explain how you did that.

Other Christmas memory triggers could be about:

  •  too much snow
  • unseasonably warm
  • away in the military
  • after a recent loss
  • while unemployed
  • other financial difficulties

Here’s an example of a memorable Christmas captured in words by an online friend, Nancy Carol: Christmas Without Mama

Nancy Carol

2 thoughts on “Memory Trigger – Writing Christmas Memories

  1. nancycarol December 17, 2009 / 8:18 pm

    Virginia, thank you for including my story Christmas Without Mama in your blog. Your kindness, encouragement and advice are partially responsible for my being able to write from the heart. Bless you.

  2. maria December 18, 2009 / 5:15 pm

    I really enjoyed reading “Christmas Without Mama”.
    Lucky, she did come back.

    My mom passed away in 2004 and things are not the same
    anymore for us.


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