In December, I thought it would be fun to apply the 5-minute storytelling process to some of the major religious holidays and events during the last month of the calendar year. The inspiration came after being asked to create Christmas prompts. I felt it was important to represent as much as I could. This is a compilation of everything I created for that series.
I hope you have an opportunity to talk with the people you love and can create new memories in the moments to come. These prompts and all the others on the website may help you navigate and continue the conversations you start over the course of the year. My sincerest hope is that this season finds you talking more and listening better than ever before.
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December Religious & Holiday Prompt
While this sampling of prompts doesn't cover all of the world religions that have special days and weeks in the latter part of the year, the following pages do offer a launching point. If your celebrated holiday isn't listed below, choose one that is closest and swap in your preferred holiday. The prompts all follow the same format in all of The Legacy Storytelling Method prompt series so it should be pretty easy to use any prompt set and swap in the topic or moment you want to write about.
5 Minute Storytelling
When creating a legacy story, you don’t need to spend a lot of time to gain a lot of return. I like to focus on five-minute storytelling. These are pre-written, conversational scripts to share with nursing staff and those who are serving someone in care. They provide a guide and framework to write the story. It’s quick and to the point, but the rewards can be enormous.
Use these five-minute storytelling scripts to help caregivers share their memories about your parent, grandparent, or beloved aunt. Sometimes, caregivers have sides to the story that families don’t have full access to, and that can make for a robust legacy.
The 5-minute storytelling scripts are a great way to reconnect daily with the people you love and care for. Please share them with the caregiver in your life. Knowing what to say and how to say it can make all the difference in the world in someone’s day. Reach out to someone you haven’t talked to this year!
Ways to Document Your Religious Memories and Moments
Helping someone else document their story is a meaningful way to preserve their memories and leave a lasting legacy. There are various methods to assist you and your storyteller in documenting and sharing their story, such as guiding them to write it down, helping them record it in videos or audio, or supporting them in creating a scrapbook.
Write it Down
Encouraging your storyteller to write down their story is an excellent approach to capturing the intricate details that might otherwise be forgotten. They can utilize a journal, or notebook, or even try writing a book if they wish. The writing style can be as formal or informal as they desire, allowing them to record both significant milestones and everyday moments.
Another approach is to assist your storyteller in creating a scrapbook. Using photographs and mementos, they can vividly tell the story of their life. Scrapbooking also offers a fun opportunity to unleash their creativity and share their thoughts and memories with others. Keep in mind that not everyone will be able to do this and it's important to keep their abilities in mind.
Recording: Audio and Video
Furthermore, you can help them record their story in audio and video to capture their unique voice and personality. They can use any recording device, such as a phone or camera, to preserve their story more intimately, sharing it with friends and family. Recordings can be done as simply as using a mobile phone or doing more complex projects with recording studios and professional-grade equipment.
Making the Choice
Regardless of the method they choose, it is crucial to ensure that their story is preserved in some form. By dedicating time and effort to help them document their story, you will assist in sharing their legacy for generations to come.
Looking for that thing to help you keep your storytellers engaged and talking? For the writer's in your care, this journal will keep them talking for a good long while. Encourage them (if they can) to reach out via phone or video to family members and share the memories they write about.
This journal was designed for storytellers in their sunset years who are ready to write about and share their memories. Simple to use and elegant enough to keep around to remind you of them long after they are gone.