A story about mobile memory-keeping.
Below is the unabridged version of an essay that recently appeared on Clementine Daily. You can read the published piece — and the four specific tips that go along with it — right here. … Perhaps more than any other season, the holidays are profuse with picturesque moments and sparkling social engagements. We don sequined dresses and cranberry-colored lipstick for office parties and New Years fetes; we gather with family for giggle-giddy ice-skating outings and sprinkle-shimmered, flour-dusted cookie-decorating marathons. Everything seems to glimmer with specialness, perhaps mostly because of its rarity. During the other 11 months of the year, dust settles on the back-closeted pair of red satin stilettos, deemed appropriate only at Christmassy soirees, and our festive memorabilia stay contained to storage: the heirloom gingerbread recipe is shoved deep in the cupboard to be dug out only in December, still sticky from the year before, and the wet wax dries on the menorah as it nestles neatly in its box. As we unearth the sequestered glitz and rare rituals, it’s no wonder that we crave ways to capture it all. We frame our picturesque moments in smartphone pictures and share our social celebrations on social media to herald the seasonal cheer, as if subconsciously recognizing that the hoopla won’t last for long. We want to preserve it. We want to solidify the significance of the simple magic; to glorify the deliciousness of the decadent desserts; to freeze the snow-dappled scenery in a digital icebox, where it can twinkle for eternity. It’s human nature to compile and refine souvenirs of ephemeral moments. We’re born memory-collectors. Diary-keeping first became popular during the Renaissance as a way to record personal events and opinions, but the earliest known journals date back as far as the 2nd century. Even before photography developed in 1839 and gradually grew commonplace, scrapbooking was a cultural craze: in the early 1800s, people saved physical mementos from calling cards to newspaper clippings and pasted them into leather-bound albums. In today’s smartphone-savvy world, the process is easier than ever. Our mobile devices are lighter and less cumbersome than diaries; they don’t require the scissors or glue of the scrapbook; they’re small enough to hold in one hand. To document our holiday festivities, we need only Instagram our tinsel-topped trees, share shots of our seasonal shindigs on Facebook, or Tweet that funny thing that Grandma said at Hanukkah Seder. Even Snapchat,…
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