Have you ever sat with your loved ones on a comfy couch; maybe in your mother or grandmother’s home and leafed through all of the old photo albums together? What joy it brings is and what memories we share during times like these are treasures that cannot be exactly matched by any other experience. 

In this digital age, everything is online, and everything is hurried. Almost anyone can get ahold of a camera, point, and click-then paste the results up on social mediaMy brand new album from this year's McLeod family photoshoot! or in messages to friends and family. Our digital records are meant to be plentiful and last a lifetime. But there is just something special about a printed photograph that makes the memory feel more vivid and blessed. This is one reason why printed photographs make great Christmas gifts in 2020.

Many of us are thinking of the year 2020 as the year we want to forget. With so much going on in the world, it is hard not to. But we should remember that even in the darkest of times there is always light somewhere-and that somewhere is within the family. The exact place where photographs are most greatly appreciated, where love and laughter fill the Christmas air and the dreary world outside is shut out. What a perfect setting to share a printed photograph for the first time!

Of course, you could go with classic prints of varying sizes, like the ones pasted in the old albums. But there are also variations of prints that you can use to put a modern twist on a classic feel. For example, calendars are always a favorite because they let the happy memories last, every day, all year round. But the options go much farther than that. Today, you can print pictures on pillows, mugs, accessories, and even housewares!

For many of us, an elegant, timeless print in the original format is the way to go. This is something loved ones can have framed as they see fit, taking the time to personalize the look of the photograph before hanging it proudly in their homes. Or it may come already framed from you-a nice, extra-personal touch that shows just how much you care about and value them in your lives. It would be nice to give prints of different poses to the same person so that they (or you) can make a family collage or something similar to grace their walls. 

This Christmas season, consider giving printed photographs as gifts to friends and family. Don’t end 2020 as the year we want to forget. End it with the hope that next year and all our years to come will bring us even greater joy in the embrace of our dear ones’ love and companionship. Give a gift that says you truly care and have thought about them sincerely this holiday season. In 2020, we can look to our past as well as our future and bring them together in harmony with one simple thing; a printed photograph.