The “Favorites” List

  • Name
  • This date
  • Your current age
  • Address
  • City/State
  • Birthday
  • Birthplace
  • What are you most thankful for this year?
  • Favorite color
  • Favorite food
  • Foods that are definitely not your favorite
  • Favorite song or songs
  • Favorite band/musician or singer
  • Favorite book
  • Favorite television program
  • Favorite movie
  • Favorite movie star/celebrity
  • Favorite sport
  • Favorite subject in school
  • Favorite recess game
  • Favorite place I’ve been
  • Where I dream of going one day
  • Favorite hobby
  • Favorite pet
  • Favorite place to hang out
  • Favorite possession
  • Favorite hero/heroine (person I admire )
  • Favorite dream
  • The best thing I ever learned was…
  • Who were you named for (first name and/or middle name)?
  • Favorite vacation memory
  • Favorite bedtime story
  • What collections do you have?
  • To this day, what do you consider your most important achievement?
  • Name an important award or honor that you received.

Did we miss anything you think we should ask? Feel free to contribute to the list in the comments section below.

We’ve also added a better formatted version of this questionnaire to the Learning Center, but unfortunately, the printer-friendly function isn’t acting very “friendly.” (a.k.a., It’s busted.) But you can copy/paste it into a word processor, and then add or subtract questions, reformat, and customize it for your family. Click here to access our not-so-printer-friendly version. ;-)

Happy Thanksgiving!
Juliana and Lou

10 thoughts on “The “Favorites” List

  1. Even though we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving in NZ, I’m thinking that a dinner party with favourites lists would be very cool. Thanks for the idea.

  2. What a great idea! Too often, everyone rushes the dinner table, eats until they’re groaning and leaves, without any real sense of family. This is a great way to get everyone involved with each other, and, for someone like me who lives hundreds of miles away from everyone else, it’s a great way to find out what’s happening about everyone.

  3. Adding parent’s names, schools attending and subjects taking,occupation, honors and awards received, favorite sports would be interesting. A group picture along with these lists could be put into a special section in the family history book/file for these family gatherings. I save the year-end “Christmas Letters” and have found the news shared this way very helpful in my family research.

  4. To Fiona,
    It does not matter if you don’t celebrate Thanksgiving. You could do this for Christmas too or any time where you have a large group of family together.
    In my family we have birthday quizzes with similar questions that are asked. We pass the questionaires out to everyone and ask them to fill them out then when everyone is done we go over the answers and whoever got the most answers right wins a small inexpensive prize. I remember winning one on my dad’s sixtieth birthday. The prize I got was a small photo albumn. They are a lot of fun. Some of the answers that you get are surprising and sometimesvery funny. You also find out how much you don’t know about your own relatives!I encourage everyone to try this idea. You will love it!

  5. Our group of friends had known each other for 10-30 years. We worked together, traveled together, and had many happy hours together. One night we were meeting after work, tired and stressed, eating snacks. I asked each of them to tell me their happiest moment so far in life, and their saddest moment. You think you know your longtime friends well, but I will tell you we learned a lot more about each other that night.

    I would suggest adding to your list your favorite year so far.

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