This isn't my idea - it belongs to a friend of mine who was tired of spending money on greeting cards at birthdays for her immediate family...she decided to begin a tradition of "birthday books." She purchased small lined notebooks about the size of a greeting card with plastic covers (for durability through the years). She then made a label that said, "XXX's Birthday Book" for herself, her husband and each of her 4 sons and placed it on the front. Then every year each member of her family writes a special message inside the birthday boy (or girl's) book. My friend's 50th birthday party was this week and when she pulled out her worn-out birthday book, we all were so touched by the messages inside. One in particular from her 17 year old said "Dear Mom, You make 50 look GOOD....I love you so much. Dan" We were each asked to write in her book for her "special" birthday. She said she reads back through the birthday messages and it is one of the best parts of her day......her children are only allowed to get their books out on their special day. I was so touched by this idea that I am going to begin this tradition for my family this Christmas. I will start a "XXX's Christmas Book" for each of my children, my husband and myself.....I thought I would share this really special idea with all of you...Merry Christmas!