A friend recently related the story of a 50th anniversary celebration she attended. There was one 50th Anniversary Gift, she said, that created a lot of excitement and brought the guests of honor to tears. The gift was a scrapbook full of family photos, stories, and memories that had been lovingly assembled by the children, grandchildren, and a few close friends.
Towards the end of the event she happened to overhear two of the couple’s four grown children quietly discussing who would get to “keep” this truly special book when the parents were gone. How could they share this fragile scrapbook among four families? Should they risk passing it around and having it fall apart over time? Or would it be better to keep it “safe” on a shelf–perhaps with the eldest sibling? With no simple or fair solution, they agreed that it was something they would need to address at a later time.
~ 50th Anniversary Video ~
My friend, knowing that I produce Anniversary Videos, realized that this may have been a better gift.
An Anniversary Video is a 21st century scrap-book. It brings together family photos and memorabilia but then takes it one step further by weaving in filmed interviews with the couple about their life stories and memories. The result is a beautiful and captivating ‘Moving Portrait’ of the couple that both celebrates and preserves their story – in their own words – in a way that will live for years to come.
Best of all, it is a 50th anniversary gift that can be easily duplicated so family and friends can have a copy of their own!
Without a doubt a scrapbook is a very special anniversary gift. Sadly, though, it’s a gift that may not hold up as a family heirloom – keeping a couple’s stories, history and memories alive and familiar for their grandchildren, great grandchildren and generations beyond to know and cherish.
Perhaps as the couple approaches their 55th Anniversary, the family will decide an Anniversary Video is a gift that everyone can enjoy.
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