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Friday, January 1, 2016

Family Calendar

For the past 16 years I have been creating my family's calendar. I started back in 2001! Back then, only a few of my cousins were married, so the calendar was fairly simple. But now... Wowsers!! It's become quite a phenomenon! It started out with only 15 families. Granted, a few were for my single cousins, but none the less... Now, as I finish editing the 2016 calendar, I realized how beautiful and wonderful it has been for me to see, first hand, how our family has grown. I tear up just thinking about it. 
First ever calendar from 2001
I now make it for 25 families! Back in 2001, it started out with 48 members. Now, we have 137!! Oh my! I had not realized how many relatives (by blood or marriage) had become a part of this tradition. No wonder I take for ever to do it every year. Hahaha! 
Past calendars: You can see how the family has grown!
My family has become so accustomed to this calendar, that by the end of December, during our Posadas (our 9 day Mexican recreation of Mary and Joseph's arduous journey to Nazareth,) they begin reminding me if I'd already begun the calendar. 

And so, I'd like to share with you this wonderful tradition with you of creating your very own family's calendar. All you have to do is enter your family member's birthdays and/or anniversaries. Once done, print and bind it. I print at home and bind at my work. I buy the binding strips at Staples.


I am sharing it on PowerPoint so you can edit it. I used to create it on Calendar Maker, but began doing it on PPT last year. It's sooo much easier. Here is a sample of what my calendar pages look like. (FYI: I make my calendar in Spanish, but I've included the English version for you as well.)



To get your family calendar template, click: HERE.




I hope you enjoy creating and making it a family tradition as I have.

Happy New Year!! And God bless!!

-Hilda



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