I’m thinking specifically of those paper ones suitable for hanging on the fridge. I grew up with one on the side of the fridge and every family event was recorded there. The rules were “if it’s not in the calendar, it’s not happening”.
There was a time for the month of January that we actually had two calendars on there as reference because things do happen in the new year and you record it in the old. Then, somewhere along the line, my mother would go through and move recurring events on the new calendar and add any phone numbers or addresses that had been added in the margin to the master phone book.
I’ve got to give a big shoutout to whoever thought of the 13 month calendar as it simplified things. It backed the transfer process up to February.
It seemed like every business in town had a calendar created to promote their business with branding and we would ultimately have to pick and choose which one to keep. If it wasn’t bad enough doing that, my father-in-law would always wrap one of his leftovers and give it to us as a Christmas present.
These days, we have a duplication of effort here. We do have a calendar that is hung on the fridge with magnets. My wife likes to see “life at a glance” and so the paper tradition continues. We no longer get them in the mail from local businesses so it’s a matter of either her picking one up while in town or me giving her one as a present. She’s a sucker for birds or anything with cardinals. Calendars at bookstores are not cheap.
I just went out to the kitchen to check and our calendar is from Racicot, the local Chrysler Jeep dealer and it’s got a calendar magnet from a local dentist (who we don’t go to so figure that) that’s at the bottom to keep the page from flying up.
As for me, my events are kept electronically so that I can access them on phone or computer as needed. It’s such a busy time; I have three daily “Walk the dog” reminders and a couple of Zoom beer events with friends along with the odd other event.
We’re getting close to the end of the year so calendars might take on increasing importance so please share your wisdom.
- Of course, you and your family had a common calendar when you were young. Where was it and how did you use it?
- Do you still us a paper calendar at home or work?
- Have you gone completely paperless and your calendar is on your phone? Do you share it with others?
- Have you ever put something in your calendar (either format) that you wish you could have made secret?
- Despite keeping your calendar accurate, there must have been events that you missed. Do any stand out?
- Do you have a look or theme that you like to use in a calendar?
- Will your calendar needs/uses change in 2021?
Please share your thoughts in the comments below.
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