Thursday, December 20, 2012

Advent Calendar: Christmas Shopping at the TSGS Exhibits

It's the annual Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories!  I've participated the past three years (2009, 2010, and 2011), and rather than simply re-post, I'm going to link to the older posts, and - when applicable - post about something else that's somewhat related.

Still running a little behind - the prompt for yesterday was:  December 19 – Christmas Shopping
How did your family handle Christmas Shopping? Did anyone finish early or did anyone start on Christmas Eve?

I've written about Mom's Christmas lists in previous years.  This year I'm going to write about some cool shopping ideas I saw among the exhibitors at the Texas State Genealogical Society conference in Fort Worth back on November 1-3.

The Paper Tree (with the cleverly named website makes beautifully illustrated family trees, with up to 8 generations, for you to fill in and display.  They even have one tree you can have designed to order, with up to 7 generations, including children (up to 6) and grandchildren (up to 6 per child).  Some of the images are also available for purchase on CD, so you can use them on t-shirts or other items. 
Creative Family Tree creates custom family trees of different types that incorporate photographs or silhouettes - check out the arboretum!
Heritage Makers provides online software for making all sorts of keepsakes with your digital photos:

A neat idea I saw at this booth was a deck of heritage playing cards that had photographs and fun facts about various ancestors.

These three booths had some really neat stuff for Christmas shopping for any genealogy buff.

© Amanda Pape - 2012 - click here to e-mail me.

The Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories (ACCM) allows you to share your family’s holiday history 24 different ways during 24 days in December! Learn more at

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