There's still time to print your Year in History

Bil Bowden

Did you find three more calendars in your mail today? It seems every military, business and political site, charitable organization and school has one.

But friends don't have yours yet? It's a heartfelt way to tell them that you're thinking about them every day. And calendars have become ridiculously easy to make.

Have friends missed out on your kids' vacation photographs, the new baby, soccer club, varsity football or the new house? There's still time to submit photos and send out a 2017 calendar to friends on the west coast, the other side of the world or across town.

Granted some of these generic club or organization calendars in your mail will probably find their way into File 13 and be taken out with the trash. But to send a personalized version, one that people will enjoy looking at all year? Well, depending on the subject material, it could be the perfect gift for friends you see only occasionally.


This year's calendar is the stereotypical calendar fodder-- barns. "At the end of this dirt road is my very own castle. Some people call it a barn." 

It's become extremely easy to make your own calendar, either online or in person.  East York's Nefra promises to have them printed in time for the holidays, Staples does a terrific job. Online, check the Camera Center of York.  And, there is Snapfish, Mixbook,Shutterfly and Walgreens -- all are printers this time of year.

For years, I printed calendars, but it became too expensive even while doing all the work myself. However, that was 'back in the day' when everything was literally cut-and-paste and it took forever. The digital age has made everyone a printer, and it takes minutes--not days-- to put together a presentable calendar.


I generally go with themes, although it's not necessary. An interesting picture can stand by itself. In the past, my calendars have been made up of photos printed from the York Daily Record that I had shot that year (with attribution), 'ghost' towns of York County, The Arc of York County, York Wildcare, cats (of course), United Way organizations, the Klondike Gold Rush, ghost towns of Esmeralda County, Nevada (really?) and Civil War sites.

Keep in mind that our vacations, kids or family outings have made this a year to remember, but not everyone will share your enthusiasm. A calendar full of broken down ghost towns is  dull as a butter knife to most people, and the Civil War too. Rebuilding a '65 Ford Mustang isn't high on my list of things to look at all year, but a personal version of National Geographic will keep my attention until the next calendar arrives.

There have been amazing calendars of jigsaw puzzles, yarn, balls (base, basket, foot and ping pong), pencils and pretzels. Some are just strange enough to be a lot of fun.

Be creative.