When I was a kid I got behind the camera for each Christmas. I would use my family’s video camera and record everyone opening their gifts. Presumably we have many hours of Christmases past on videotape. Where they ended up I’m not sure. Well, they are in my parent’s basement but I don’t think we labeled them that well and I have no idea how many years are on each tape or if there is anything that I really got on the tapes. Then I moved on to a still camera and I found that I was able to capture moments better than with the video camera. Finding a balance between the two will get you, in my opinion, the best captured memories during the holidays.

Christmas is coming up quickly and it can be so easy to get caught up in all the craziness, hype and stress. Now that I am a parent and have been for over five years I’ve been re-energized by the holiday season. I love seeing Christmas through the eyes of my kids. Here are some tips for preserving those great holiday memories with your kids. I share a few tips in this video and after the jump.

Don’t forget to capture the decorations – If you make slideshows or scrapbooks the decorations can make for great backgrounds and accents to the other photos. Plus you never know what your kids beloved decorations will turn out to be and if they get lost over the years at least you have them preserved in photos or video.

Capture the Joy – Sure, watching the kids tear open their gifts is fun but sometimes the action is too fast so set up a tripod out of the way with a camera running. This way everyone can behave naturally and then you can review moments later and pick out great photos and clips.

Get in the photos – Learn to use your camera’s timer. Take turns with your spouse. Give the kids the camera.

Do some interviews – Eva loves helping me with reviews and she asks me if I’m going to record a video every time I take out my phone. She wants me to record her doing things so why not prepare something like asking about what they liked most about the day. If you are reading this before Christmas see if you can record your child’s Christmas list.

Focus not only on the day itself – There is too much pressure to get everything captured on Christmas but that is asking too much. Capture moments leading up to the holiday like making Christmas Cookies, going out to see the lights, breakfast with Santa, photos at the mall. There are so many things that lead up to Christmas morning that may make the biggest memories for your family.

Remember to have fun – The best memories are not staged they are candid, so have fun and let things happen.

Disclosure: I am a YesVideo Ambassador. I’ve visited YesVideo and seen what they do. I’ve sent my own personal memories to YesVideo and have been very impressed with what they do. Opinions about YesVideo are 100% my own.

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10 Responses to “Tips for Preserving Holiday Memories”

  1. Those are all such great tips! I really need to work on getting in the photos, I barely have any with all of us!
    Look at what Shell Fruscione wrote blog post ..Preserving the Christmas Magic {Giveaway}

    • Drew says:

      Hi Shell,

      Thanks for the comment. The timer on your camera is your friend so use it to get into the photo. If you have an iPhone there is a great timer app and a device called the XShot that would be helpful to get into the photos.

  2. Allison says:

    What great memories you found of our precious girl! Who is that baby in the first photo? And I’ve always LOVED The picture of her attacking that Santa cookie!

  3. Mo says:

    Awesome! Great tips and lovely photos!

  4. Great tips, it’s so easy to capture memories on “film” these days. I wish I had as many photos and/or videos of myself as I have of my daughter. Kids these days are so lucky.
    Look at what Stay At Home Brad wrote blog post ..Eliza falls down

    • Drew says:


      I’m not as sure that I wish I had so many photos of myself as a kid. I love the ones that I do have and am lucky that my Dad took so many photos of us (especially with the expense of film and developing film.) I think that many parents who are taking tons of photos of their kids are capturing every moment including embarrassing ones. I think the lucky kids are the ones who have parents who capture these moments in the best possible light. It has always been my policy to never post something embarrassing of the kids. We’ll hang on to those for ourselves. LOL. My kids will be lucky too because I took a photo every day of them as they went through their first year. I’ve been continuing with my son and wish I had with my daughter.

  5. Austin Cotton says:

    Yeah just recently purchased a new camera and I’m definitely going to be capturing a lot of video for Christmas. It’s one of those things I always wanted to do (make a family Christmas video) not to mention it really shows the true meaning of Christmas.

  6. Ulrike Krutz says:

    Thank you, guys, you are doing a really great job, educating people and giving us all this information, so so helpful, we will continue staying with you and God Bless You!

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