Greetings go forth to each of you, as all of you are rushing to get your Christmas cards addressed and gift lists completed. In speaking of the cards, brings to mind about the 2017 Christmas stamps.

Greetings go forth to each of you, as all of you are rushing to get your Christmas cards addressed and gift lists completed. In speaking of the cards, brings to mind about the 2017 Christmas stamps. I was disappointed with this years stamp, as they are dark and to me, kind of depressing. Of course, they are depicting a dark night scene, with Joseph and Mary and Baby Jesus in the manger, but they don’t bring a feeling of joy, love and brightness to me, as previous year’s stamps. But, hopefully they will to you.

I really liked last year’s stamp, as they were bright and cheery, giving off the radiance and brightness of CHRISTmas, bringing joy and light to the world! Of course, to each his own choice, I just like light, especially when it comes to anything relating to Christ. Plus, the bright colors at this time of year, helps spread our love and cheer when we send out our greetings; I guess because I know that Jesus Christ brings all of that out, in us.

I don’t know about you or of your tradition through the years, but in my family, we like keeping up our family tradition of always updating the family information and sending family photographs. That is why I enjoy sending out photographs of our family in cards and as gifts as it helps in doing research of our family, and preserving family heritage, with photographs of each generation.

Along with the marriage license, property deeds, and court house records, we can preserve our generational heritage by preserving genealogy though diaries, marriage licenses and portraits. In fact, I have photographs that run though six generations.

I have been able to keep the genealogical pages in the Bibles, brought up to date, not only for me, but for future family members that are also interested in their ancestry. It is always good to have photographs of those loved ones. That is why I have made it a habit of having photographs made for this special season, and so thankful we have an outstanding photographer here in Shawnee, the Flora studio.

In visiting with Mr. Flora, he shared how we have entered into the era of the “photographic, lost generation.” He shared how people are taking photos more than ever before, but they are nearly all digital files, with very few tangible prints being produced. He expressed his thoughts of wondering if people really knew that nearly all of the digital files are having very few tangible prints being produced.

Mr. Flora went on to explain to me that digital never means, safe, but yet there are millions of memories that are currently being entrusted to servers, clouds and phones. He said the risk is which could be felt by an entire generation, the millennials, as they grow up without a printed photographic record of their lives or that of their families and ancestors.

He said this generation is probably the most photographed generation of all time, yet could wind up being the next “lost generation.” He shared how it wasn’t only affecting the youth of today’s society, but 42% of people between the ages of thirty to forty-four years of age. He explained how they will probably look back and wonder where are the photos of their chldhood, holiday get-togethers, relatives and friends that have gone decades from now, and reportedly, he said sixty-seven percent will have stored their photos solely on a computer or phone.

Mr. Flora shared the need to recognize the fact that most people simply no longer print photographs or even create photo albums. He said that statistics show that a staggering fifty-three percent of consumers have not printed a photo in more than twelve months or longer. He shared how that it has been reported that seventy percent of people don’t even have a photo album and forty-two percent no longer have prints of photos made at all.

He said the public needs to understand the value and importance of printed, framed, and mounted photographs in their families and their lives. He told that in years past, parents understood how important it was for their child to see images of themselves around their home. Also, it was important for newly wed couples to see their wedding photos on their mantles or walls, and to see printed photographs take on a strong cultural weight.

Mr. Flora told about the PRINT. THE MOVEMENT. This is a movement by the photography industry partners to educate the photographers and consumers on the value and importance of printed photographs. They want it to be an awareness campaign designed to help consumers see the value of showcasing and preserving their lives or that of their families’ lives, through high-quality prints, albums, and all types of displays from professional photographers and the photographic suppliers. He said he would like for the people to get involved in this Movement, to help consumers see that printing and displaying photographs tells the stories of their lives, which will be left in the printed pages of time.

In speaking of ancestry records and pictures, reminds me of in previous years, I traversed the United States doing research for where my ancestors lived. I even went back to North Carolina and other shore lines, in tracing where my great, great grandparents came into the United States. Therefore, I found some that had historical value of having been born in the United States in the early Eighteen Hundreds.

I have been able to keep the genealogical pages in the Bibles, brought up to date, not only for me, but for future family members that are also interested in their ancestry. Which this reminds me of all the ancestry in our Bible, with many passages of the word: begotten. I pray as you research your ancestry lines, go back of the ancestry lines in the Bible and follow their lineage from front to back and you will find the word, begotten, many times.

Psalms 2:7 - “I will declare the decree; the Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.”