Jill Weatherholt

Writing Stories of Love, Faith and Happy Endings While Enjoying the Journey

It’s Just Not The Same



At my parent’s house, one of my favorite Christmas traditions is to view photo albums from years past. After Christmas Eve services, we enjoy Honey Baked Ham on Potato Rolls, veggies and dip, tortilla chips with Con Queso Dip and an assortment of sweet treats. Afterward, I immediately pull stacks of photo albums from the closet and we head to the sofa.

The Christmas tree lights twinkle as Bing Crosby sings in the background and we settle in to take a journey into our past. Many pictures bring a smile as I’m instantly taken back to that moment in time. We laugh at funny hairstyles and clothes that have come in and out of style. When I see the photo of my me and my sister in front of the Christmas Tree wearing our Knickers (for my English readers, Knickers aren’t under garments in the States) and white boots, I’m reminded of that third grader who threw herself on the floor in tears because she didn’t want to wear Knickers to school. Nevertheless, my mother won that battle, as she did most.

Pictures have always served as a window to my past. Relatives who are no longer with us bring a tear to my eye, but then a funny photo brings tears of laughter. These albums tell a story that I’m afraid may come to an end. In our family, pictures taken with digital cameras or phones often remain on the device. Sometimes they are e-mailed, but honestly, I can’t remember the last time anyone in my family, myself included, actually developed a photo.

The instant gratification of seeing the photo immediately has replaced the excitement when I picked up a roll of film developed at the drug store and then tore into the package when I got in the car. Once home, I would take time to write the date and name of person or place on the back of the photo before I carefully placed it into an album. For me, hovered around a computer or a handheld device looking at photos on Christmas Eve, when you can nuzzle on the sofa with loved ones and an album full of memories, is just not the same.


Author: Jill Weatherholt

My name is Jill Weatherholt and I’m a writer. I have a full-time job, but at night and on the weekend, I pursue my passion, writing. I write modern stories about love, friendship and forgiveness. I started this blog as a way to share my journey toward publication and to create a community for other new writers. Raised in the Washington, DC area, I’ve lived in Charlotte, North Carolina since 2004. I hold a degree in Psychology from George Mason University and a Certification in Paralegal Studies from Duke University. My first book, SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE, published by Harlequin Love Inspired released on February 21, 2017 and is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.com. I was the first place winner in the Dream Quest One Short Story Contest in the Winter 2014-2015 competition. In 2014, I placed second in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest. I was also a top ten finalist in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest in 2012 and 2013. I’m a 2010 and 2012 winner of the NaNoWriMo Contest. I love to connect readers, visit me at jillweatherholt.com

13 thoughts on “It’s Just Not The Same

  1. Not too long ago (about a month or two), I finally got around to putting the pictures from high school and college into my photo album I started back in 1997. After I was done with those, I had the additional work to add in the kids’ school photos, but otherwise, I really didn’t have much from 2001 until now.

    I will say that while I was working on it, all of my kids came in to watch me. At the same time, when I browse through a friend’s photos on facebook, it is pretty common for them to come curl up next to me too.


  2. What a lovely post! Digital photos are a wonderful invention, but opening a package of pictures always felt like a treat, then setting those photos into a book for posterity. Such beautiful sentiments; wishing you and yours a very happy Christmas Eve!


  3. I love digital for the ease of cropping more than anything. Ironically, digital photos usually need cropping because the picture taker is so cavalier about framing them. “Why set up a good shot when I can just take 700 pictures and hope for the best?”

    Have a great holiday, Jill!


  4. Merry Christmas, Jill! Your traditions are lovely, and you made my mouth water with your food descriptions. We may not develop film any longer, but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the experience of photo albums. I create digital photo albums online and am so excited to receive my creations in the mail. They are much easier to store than my old photo albums and handmade scrapbooks because they are slim and lie flat. If you need to order extra albums for family members or friends, it’s so easy. I just recommend making your digital photo album and storing it online until the online service you use (ie kodak, shutterfly, snapfish) advertises a sale. Otherwise, the prices can be quite exhorbitant. Enjoy! 🙂


    • Merry Christmas to you, Jolyse! I really enjoyed the recent series on your blog, I felt like I was back in Key West. I have never investigated the onlone digital photo albums, but after reading your comment, I may have to investigate it. Happy New Year, Jolyse!


  5. Sounds like a fun tradition. I love looking at old photos, and I completely agree that digital photos are just not the same.


  6. That’s is beautiful family tradition, Jill. And you’re right, it certainly isn’t the same. That’s why I print out a lot of photos. Of course I have albums full of old pictures we still pull out and have a great time looking at, especially of family that have been gone for many years. My sons never even knew many of them and through my photos and stories, they can have a chance of learning about them.


  7. I decided to take the time to look at your Christmas past. I love the idea of looking back at photo albums as a family, Jill. Thanks for being one of my faithful followers. Smiles, Robin 🙂

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