I surprised Steve by creating family songbooks for Christmas this year.
He actually started a file of songs that he wanted to turn into a family songbook a while ago, but he never finished it. So I picked up where he left off. I gathered the songs that he sang with his family growing up, songs that my family sang, Christmas carols, campfire songs, echo songs, songs that the kids have learned in preschool, seasonal chants, jump rope rhymes, and even the rules to our favorite silly party games.
It felt good to record the lyrics to songs that I have only ever heard my grandfather sing--lyrics that I cannot find anywhere online. Then I added some of my favorite family pictures from the last few years and an alphabetical index. The finished product is 102 pages long and spiral bound. There is a copy for each family member.
We have already used it to introduce the kids to some new songs, and they really enjoy looking at the pictures, since they haven't yet learned to read.