Christmas Memories in 8MM

While cleaning out my parents’ attic, I came upon an old Wilson’s potato chip can full of our family eight-millimeter movies. As I read the label on each container, memories of what the film held came rushing back.New Picture (1) I wanted so badly to watch the movies, but we no longer have a projector to play them on. I thought what a shame it would be to never see these wonderful images again, not to mention having them for future generations to watch. So I sent a couple of them off to be made into DVD’s.

I gave them to my parents last year for Christmas and what a joy it was to see the happy looks on their faces. We laughed and cried while we watched those we love and those who have passed bring back cherished memories: opening packages Christmas morning with my parents and grandparents, making snowmen and having snowball fights with my cousins, 201512714817ice-skating on the lake, my brand new Schwinn bike, family vacations at the Grand Canyon and Yosemite, weddings with bridesmaids wearing big hats and polyester dresses, and my brother’s first birthday with his face full of cake.

My niece and nephew, who are in their early twenties and late teens, asked, “Where’s the sound?”

Technology has made taking movies so much easier and the quality so much better. But there was nothing more fun than Saturday night with my Dad getting out the movie screen and projector while Mom made popcorn. My brother and I would sit on the floor and watch those wonderful, soundless, poor quality eight millimeter movies and love every minute.



About Debby Grahl

Romance author. My first book, The Silver Crescent, a paranormal romance was released Jan, 2014. Rue Toulouse, a romantic suspense set in New Orleans, is available now.
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8 Responses to Christmas Memories in 8MM

  1. nitethyme says:

    What a wonderful find! I intend to have some of my videos of horse shows transferred to DVD. Linda

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  2. Barbara Monajem says:

    When I was a child, the neighbor made an 8mm movie of a play a bunch of us kids put on. Sometimes he would play it backward for us, which was great fun — everything happened in reverse.

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  3. Josie says:

    What a great find! I well remember 8mm movies. My Dad loved taking movies and these memories are priceless.

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  4. We had 8mm movies of the kids. Had them put on DVD and now need to move them to CD! Thanks for the reminder.


  5. bethtrissel says:

    Delightful post. Wonderful pics and memories. I suppose my age is showing because I get s sentimental about that era.


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