During the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it’s hard to take the time to slow down. It’s even harder to take the time to listen to others. In 2008, the unofficial holiday of the National Day of Listening began. Celebrated the day after Thanksgiving, also known as Black Friday, the National Day of Listening encourages people to take the time and collect stories from their family, friends, and loved ones.
The best part about the National Day of Listening is it’s easy to get started! Grab a pen and paper, and maybe even a recording device, many cell phones have audio recording features now, then make a list of questions and sit down with your family member or friend to start listening.
Some questions you might want to ask include:
- When and where were you born? What was going on in the world?
- Tell us about your parents and grandparents.
- Who was your favorite aunt or uncle and why?
- What is an accomplishment of which you are the proudest?
To read more about questions to ask your loved ones this National Day of Listening, check out this blog post.