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Have any of you married into a large family? Perhaps one that has branches overseas or across the country, so you didn’t have an opportunity to meet anyone before the big day? When my Aunt got married, she went through photo albums with my Uncle, over and over again, because he was going to meet about fifty of us in the space of a week or two!
This a really, really affordable and easy engagement gift idea. I have to admit that I found it in an online forum, somewhere, sometime. This is a fantastic way to make someone feel welcomed and a part of the family. Simply take the following free printable of Family Tree Flashcards, print off a few copies (double sided) and fill them out. I recommend printing them on a thicker paper, so that they hold the photos easily, don’t have the ink bleed through and stand up to being used as flash cards! You can print pictures from your computer, or use real photographs, whichever suits your fancy. On the back, there’s a few lines to let you write in some details about the person.
In order to download the flashcards, click here and save them!
If you can get your family together to fill them out and write a nice welcome letter as part of your engagement gift. It might be a good idea to highlight that “we realize that you are at a distinct disadvantage, as we only have to learn one new face and name yet you will be swarmed by many of us.” This is just in case the soon-to-be relative feels like it is a test!
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