|Posted: 11/24/2012 9:57:20 PM|
I really like Christmastime, but our family doesn't do enough to justify a whole album for DD.
Sure, I could fluff up an album by adding favorite Christmas song lyrics. Or recipes for cookies. But honestly, we just don't do too much around Christmastime.
We don't go to church.
We don't have "special ornaments." Our ornaments consist of the ones I literally just bought two weeks ago from joann's online. Our old ones were a mish-mash of hand me downs that were crummy and held no meaning for anyone (not heirloom or even ones from our childhood. Just garage sale finds) and walmart shatterproof balls. But those all got ruined in a basement flood and had to be tossed.
We don't have anyone visit. We aren't invited to anyone's for celebrations.
We don't have a ton of money to go out specifically making memories.
Is anyone else in this position of not having enough to scrap for DD?
Does anyone just say heck with it, and combine a bunch of years to fill an album?
I want to do a DD, but I feel frivolous doing it. I feel like maybe I only want to do it because i want to go buy and play with Christmas themed papers and embellishments.
Anyone's thoughts on this?
*Stop the glorification of busy*
|Posted: 11/24/2012 10:06:12 PM|I feel similarly--I'd love to do a DD because it looks like a fun project and Christmas scrap supplies are so pretty, but I don't do much for Christmas at all. We don't decorate at home anymore. We don't go to church. We do exchange gifts but it takes about an hour and then we go on with our day. Plus, now that I'm off at college, I spend part of my December there (studying and taking exams) and the rest at home. I don't have any reason to do a "real" DD. But I want to!
So I decided to do a December Book of Lists, like Annette Haring is doing (she talks about it here). She has prompts and everything, although I think I'll end up making some of my own, too. It's more of a holiday-inspired journal than a bunch of scrapbook pages, though there's still a way to include memories and photos from the month, etc. It's also really flexible--you can keep it simple, like hers, which is just an altered notebook, or you can make a book in a binder like most people do for DD. I'm quite excited about starting mine, and I think it'll fit well into my holiday lifestyle.
|Posted: 11/24/2012 10:13:23 PM|That's a good idea, about keeping it flexible.
I'm still so on the fence. Plus, it doesn't help that I would literally have to buy all the supplies for it. I don't have any Christmas or Christmas-y paper or embellishments, at all.
Any other thoughts?
*Stop the glorification of busy*
Loc: San Jose, CA
|Posted: 11/24/2012 10:14:01 PM|
I felt the same way, but I realized we have quite a few holiday traditions that I'd love to document now and we can look back on them in later years.
I plan to document
Ornaments that go on the tree every year.
our holiday foods, music, tv, and movie favorites
Our Christmas Card
Christmas Cards we receive
The wrapping paper I use this year (I use a different theme each year)
What we actually get
Our Stockings (which are new this year!)
Our home decorations
Our Christmas morning tradition
I'll end the book with what we look forward to in 2013
We're flying back east to visit our family so I'm including that, but I really want to document more of the right now. Because someday things will change and we'll be busy and we can look back at the simple years.
|Posted: 11/24/2012 10:16:30 PM|
You might want to try Shimelle's class called Journal Your Christmas. This is a guided journaling class that gives you a different topic for each day in December. She actually goes until January 6. You can write about the topic (no need to do anything special) or journal about your day. I think this is a good way to create an album that focuses on the now as well as the past and your hopes for the future.
|Posted: 11/24/2012 10:24:00 PM|I am doing DD. I don't celebrate Christmas. I do celebrate Hanukkah, so will have the chance to scrap those days, but I am mostly doing the album as an appreciation of winter/holiday break/daily life. I am ok with that. Being part of the zeitgeist sounds like fun .
|Posted: 11/24/2012 10:33:15 PM|
As for supplies, have you considered choosing a non-traditional color scheme and going through your stash for pages with neutral patterns in those colors? That might cut down on the supplies you need to buy. Or, go with a smaller album--that way there's less pressure to fill large pages, and you can get away with buying one 6x6 pad and a few embellishments to do the whole thing. That's tentatively my plan.
|Posted: 11/24/2012 10:34:31 PM|
I was thinking the same thing and then I saw something recently on Jen Gallacher's blog that changed my mind. I believe it was from her mini album a month class on two peas from last year that she reposted. I'll see if I can find the link.
My kids have gotten older and I feel like I missed the boat on December Daily, but Jen's album is more about traditions. There was a page about cookies, and trees, etc. I was thinking it would be a good idea to list things we do every year and document them with new photos or old photos or a combination. For example, we always put up a tree. I'll have one page titled something like "Our Tree" and have a photo of the tree. I hang the same stockings every year that I cross stitched. I'll do the same thing with a page titled "Our stockings" but I might have a photo from each year that we added a stocking after the birth of a baby or the addition of a pet.
I don't drink Starbucks, but I know lots of people do and look forward to the new coffee. That could be a possible page for those people (not me, but we do get hot chocolate from Caribou every December when we walk around to look at the lights downtown.)
I think instead of making it a daily album, it will be a book of things I want to remember about Christmas now and Christmases past.
It's hard when a project becomes so popular that it is on so many blogs and message boards and then special supplies start popping up for it. It makes me really feel like I'm missing something if I don't participate, but sometimes the project just doesn't fit my life or our family's life. For example, I've really struggled with not doing Project Life. I know that I wouldn't be able to keep it up and the guilt would eat me alive, but I still feel like I'm missing something. Then it came time for December Daily and I had the same feelings. When I saw Jen's blog post, it really got me thinking and I think I can have the best of both worlds.
I hope this helps.
Artsy-Fartsy Disney Nerd
Loc: Lima, Ohio
|Posted: 11/24/2012 10:51:27 PM|What about a dec weekly instead?
I did one for my friend, she will get it for Christmas. I did it in 6x6, a double page spread for each week, plus 2 extra pages at the front and 2 extra at the back.
If you go to the Viva las Vegas stamps blog I have it there.
Here ya go!
Certified Disney Vacation Planner
Loc: Houston, TX
|Posted: 11/24/2012 10:51:49 PM|
We have a mix. A large part of our Christmas season is taken up with fighting with a 15yo who suffers with depression and mood disorder that gets worse around finals. Just trying to get her to pass the semester and study a little is a mess. Another big part is MS basketball games and HS soccer games. I'm just going to scrap it as it comes, mix in memories and keep it to the DD 4X6 album. I have DD doing a 6X8 album too hoping some journaling will help her get through all this. I'm hanging on by a thread trying to handle her and a 13yo ds. I just hope that doing a DD will help.
Mom of Carly (16) and Nathan (14)
Loc: Pittsburgh, PA.
|Posted: 11/25/2012 12:04:51 AM|
love the lists idea - i think my dd this year is doing to be a hybrid - a little of this and a little of that...
Loc: Ontario, Canada
|Posted: 11/25/2012 12:28:21 AM|I did one, and believe me we are a pretty low key family.
This isn't a religious book, its just documenting your family life and traditions during the month of December. I don't follow any type of religion, but we still have certain traditions.
I did a video on my completed December Daily.
Loc: New Jersey
|Posted: 11/25/2012 2:57:59 AM|
Just put your favorite holiday photos in a mini...voila December Daily. I think taking a picture a day is overrated and too stressful. The point is to just highlight the season.
Loc: England UK
|Posted: 11/25/2012 3:14:53 AM|
I'm a bit hitty missy with scrapbooking in general and don't so as much as I intend to but about 8 or 9 years ago when I WAS doing a lot I found that I ' set up ' a lot of events just because I knew they would have made good pages. Now at the time I thought how silly I know I wouldn't normally have taken my kids to wherever or did whatever and I'm only doing it for the pictures!
However 8-9 years on I've realised it didn't matter that I ' set up ' the pictures because we still did the things! So the little snowman was really made, those messy cakes were still made it doesn't really matter why we did it.
So I would say if you like the idea of it go for it maybe ' create' some memories and you might find you have made your own new traditions.
PS I'm not doing it December is stressful enough for me as it is but I like the idea!
|Posted: 11/25/2012 6:03:44 AM|I want to second Shimmelle's journal your Christmas class. Packed with ideas, prompts, photography tips.
I wasn't successful with the daily concept. Like you, I didn't think we did enough. Wonderful suggestions here!
I wanted to share these mini albums I made for Christmas presents for friends. Super simple way to share journaling and pics about Christmas memories. link to album
|Posted: 11/25/2012 6:25:18 AM|
This is the first year I will be doing some sort of documentation about Christmas except for a random couple of layouts I did 5 or 6 years ago. We are retired (or close to it) and don't have any little kids at home. Our granddaughter and daughter lived here until a few months ago so the house will be empty for the first time in years. My son is 27 and here, with the hubby and me. I will not be putting up a tree for the first time in years but I will be doing little decorating vingettes around the house to get in the holiday spirit. I will be documenting my decorations, what we do daily in december which is battling snow (or in the case of last year not), documenting things that have happened in the past on Christmas or during the season. I have pictures of myself as a child visiting Santa and how enthralled I was with the jolly old elf. Stories much like the movie about going to visit Santa at Macy's and climbing this "snow" hill to get there to tell him what we wanted. Then it was off to Klines to visit the fairy princess.....ride the train and see all of the lights downtown. I have the lighting of the Plaza to commerate and want to go to another shopping district that saved and revived all of the old Christmas decorations that hung over the streets of downtown and they now have them hanging around their streets. Take pictures of the train ridden as children that was loving restored and now at Union Station for kids to enjoy again, pictures of Hallmark (care enough to send the very best)and the huge corporation it has become based here in my hometown. I want to pass all these memories on and will include pictures of my kids with Santa and the ones with the grandkids where they were terrified of him. So there are many ways to approach this even if you don't really have much going on during the month.
|I'm an old pea with a forgetful memory (can't remember old login info)....please cut me some slack LOL!!! |
Loc: At the intersection of Hooterville and Stars Hollow
|Posted: 11/25/2012 7:20:07 AM|OP you could easily document what you wrote here.
Your ornament situation is touching actually. One day you just say "I'm a grown up and I want nice things!" Good for you!
The rest could be your traditions (and not going overboard could be one!), childhood memories, etc.
I don't do it either so if you aren't feeling it - don't
I just hate to see anyone feel their lifestyle isn't "worthy" of a project.
Your life. Your way. Be proud!
I'm just a pea:)
Loc: *Sunny Southern California*
|Posted: 11/25/2012 7:46:24 AM|
We don't really do a ton of stuff but when I thought about it I realized I have enough to fill an album.
Nothing that really costs anything to do. Just stuff we do everyday
These are some of the things ill be taking photos of:
my living room filled with all the boxes of Christmas decorations before they're unpacked
My clean living room
After the tree goes up and the room is decorated
DS singing at his Christmas choir concert at school
The kids baking cookies
Our new ornaments
The stages of tree decorating
The empty line at the checkout at toys r us on black Friday
My kids at the movies seeing a Christmas movie
The stack of Christmas books
Our Christmas eve calzones
The home with the most lights when we go out to look at them
DGD sitting on santas lap
The kids Christmas lists
The stack of Christmas movies
My stack of receipts. I'll also write down how much I saved since I don't buy anything that isn't deeply discounted.
My family putting up the lights
DGD at her Christmas play at school
A photo of the beach at sunset with the Christmas lights all around
Christmas morning breakfast
The tree after Santa comes
Our community Christmas event
The kids at the airport the day after Christmas as they leave to visit my sister in Montana
The bottles of martinellis. (one of my kids favorite things about Christmas dinner)
The Christmas lights on our home
DS making his girlfriend a bracelet for Christmas
The main street through town all lit up with lights
The kids making ornaments
And anything else along the way that says 'christmas' to me
I'll be making another one with photos of Christmases past
You Wanna Peas of Me?
Loc: Western NY
|Posted: 11/25/2012 7:58:57 AM|
I think about doing one every year, but just can't get into it. I love what everyone is doing. Gorgeous stuff.
|Chocolate......who needs a reason?!
|Posted: 11/25/2012 8:05:39 AM|
I don't think you should feel pressure to jump on the bandwagon, but if you want to do it, go for it! If you look back at some of Ali Edwards past years, she literally has days where she snaps a pic of her feet at the post office and puts a "collage" of her receipts from running errands. It is about slowing down and LIVING THE MOMENTS all month.
Some days can just be journaling or a piece of wrapping paper. I agree you should totally talk about those new ornaments! How about the first cup of hot cocoa or walking around looking at lights in your neighborhood. Choose some kind of service like visiting a retirement home or soup kitchen. Those aren't about staging for pics, they are about enhancing your holiday season.
As for the stash, I agree with using neutral pretties you have, or buying a few bits you love to add in. I saw a GORGEOUS book on Pinterest that was mostly digital and black as white with a few accents of red.
One more thought - what about 12 days of Christmas instead? And remember it is your book so do it your way! I have 31 pages planned but some won't necessarily be taken on that day and one will be letters i write to my children.
|Posted: 11/25/2012 8:07:42 AM|
I'm in the same boat - we don't do too much for Christmas. We're not religious, we don't decorate, I don't bake, we don't entertain. Just visit some family & friends around the day and that's about it. I will take pictures of those events and have pictures of these things from the past and they have/will get put into my regular albums but I am not going to stress over a DD album.
I admit I was a little tempted just like I get when I see all the PL posts popping up this time of year. I got sucked into that at the beginning of this year and it was a source of stress trying to get the picture and make stories every day. It did get me to take many more pictures than I have in years which inspired me to scrapbook a whole lot more but it's much more fun for me this way. I don't know how to fit my life into the PL format and I let to of needing to even try. Same with DD.
|Posted: 11/25/2012 8:15:39 AM|
I really truly believe that everyone's life is "enough" for Dec Daily. Don't think of it as a project to document only holiday stuff. Think of it as the opportunity to document your everyday life during the month of December. A few holiday things may sneak in, but for me the real joy is looking back at a month in our life. I say, give it a try! Your life just may surprise you!
Loc: lost in Montana
|Posted: 11/25/2012 8:41:52 AM|
Dec. Daily is a little overwhelming for me. So, I call it my December memory book. Filled with lots of memories through December. I have done one the last 2 years. My kids are now grown up, so it is a lot of memories with the grandkids and I hope they will cherish these books some day!!! They are little and thankfully live close to us.
Loc: Pittsburgh, PA
|Posted: 11/25/2012 8:44:00 AM|I know it helped me when I took the word "daily" out of it. Now that my kids are older, I might not have enough opportunities to take daily pictures of Christmas, but with many of the ideas already mentioned here, I have enough to fill up a "December-Christmas" album.
Sometimes you have to believe before you are able to see......
Loc: new jersey and proud of it!
|Posted: 11/25/2012 8:57:05 AM|
I think you think it's boring because it's your life and you're used to it.
Favorite christmas lyrics - makes you unique! My list would definitely be different than yours. Do you sing any xmas songs?
Cookie recipes - I don't make cookies at xmas. I'm impressed that you have recipes and use them!
Your new ornaments - they're new now, but they'll be your tradition. Document where you bought them and why you chose them. Do you pack your tree full of decorations, or do you like it kind of sparse?
Christmas lists -- Oh how much I wished I had kept everyone's christmas lists from past years. It tells so much about where their focus is and how they change over time.
Do you eat the same foods on christmas? Do you shop for the food? Why do you make these foods?
Start a tradition of leaving a note for a loved one each day leading up to xmas. Document all the notes.
Do you watch any xmas tv specials? Do you watch the same ones over and over? Any new ones this year?
Do you buy candy canes? Does anyone eat them? Who likes them, who doesn't?
Fake tree or real? When do you put it up? Colored lights or a single-color theme?
I always read The Night Before Christmas every xmas eve. Do you have any silly things like this that you do?
Are you a get-it-over with present wrapper, or do you wrap with care? What about others that you exchange gifts with?
I can guarantee that if you documented your season, it would be so different than mine. The point isn't that someone's December is so outstanding, it's that it's theirs.
|Posted: 11/25/2012 9:02:28 AM|We're pretty low key too. Grown son, don't do alot of holiday events.
I'm sure I can find things to journal and take photos of...on slow days the dogs better watch out!
Loc: Hillsboro, TX
|Posted: 11/25/2012 9:28:41 AM|I can't quote because I'm on my phone, but I think Diane was spot on.
You just bought these new ornaments, but who knows? They may become cherished heirlooms one day. You could document that for future generations for one thing and tell the story of how the previous ornaments were ruined, etc.
Also...what traditions does your family have and what new ones can you create?
Not sure if its been mentioned yet but...Have you considered Shimelle's Journal Your Christmas class? That might be something worth looking into.
As far as wanting to do a DD just to play with pretty paper, what's wrong with that? . If you really want to do it, go for it! It doesn't have to be a daily. There are no rules! This is something for you and your family. And another way for you to celebrate the joy of the season. I also see nothing wrong with combining multiple years in one DD. Or you could make your own small album from pieces of covered chipboard and O rings. The possibilities are endless.
|Posted: 11/25/2012 9:34:11 AM|
I tried the December Daily last year. Made a cute album, took pictures, and it lasted till about mid-month. I was just so absent minded that I would forget to take a photo each day.
I may try it again this year since I loved some of the photos and journaling I did but without the pressure of doing it every day.
Here's some of the gotta have photos:
Presents for the Angel Tree
Coffee Shop (usually while shopping)
What ever else seem special.
Whether these end up in a album/journal of their own is up for debate. I just want to make sure I 'document' what's important to us better than I have in years past.
Ancient Ancestor of Pea
|Posted: 11/25/2012 9:36:18 AM|
I totally understand...we are kind of the same way. I decided to make it a book about all of our Christmases and I can add to it each year. My kids are 19 and 16 so it won't be a whole lot longer until they are on their own.
If I'm really ambitious, maybe I'll make two and once they are out on their own they can have one to remember their childhood Christmases and add to it as they start their own traditions.
Loc: Big Bear Lake, SoCal
|Posted: 11/25/2012 9:40:44 AM|I don't think I can do the daily thing at all, I think that's my problem. Even in something like Learn Something New Every Day, I bombed out at the 4th day. And that wasn't even complete because it takes so long to get my photos I had to wait to scrap.
I've made albums three years now for DD and haven't finished one. Two of those years I didn't even start. The first year I made it cheap, a cobbled together album using chipboard from collection packs and then one set of paper. But to do daily I found myself taking pictures of stupid things like my painted fingernails, or the gingerbread I got from Starbucks. Not real memories, not real interesting stuff.
Thing is, I don't HAVE memories of Christmas when I was a kid. I don't have memories of DH and I together for Christmas (this will be our 11th together). My disability kinda takes that all away so the reminiscing part is gone. Add to that no kids, no presents for each other to unwrap, no decorating and I just can't seem to find anything to fill an album. I WANT to do one, just like I WANT to enjoy the holiday in the first place, but every year nothing happens.
|Posted: 11/25/2012 10:14:02 AM|
DD seems very overwhelming to me. So I am thinking about making a "12 Days of Christmas" mini album. 12 pages seems less intimidating than 31!
Loc: Enjoying the summer sun!
|Posted: 11/25/2012 10:25:15 AM|
I feel the same way...I'm a grown-up with no kids yet. My "December Daily" is going to be more of a journal...mostly about recapturing the "magic" of Christmas. I feel like I've been a grinch the last few years, and that I'm letting Christmas (and a lot of other things) fly by without enjoying them. Life is flying by...it feels like I just packed my Christmas decorations away last month. I close my eyes and a year passes!
I am bound and determined to SLOW DOWN and enjoy the little things. And I think journaling and documenting will help me do that. And it might force me to do more things...sometimes I don't feel like going to that Holiday Brunch, because I'm too busy or too exhausted. But I think skipping those fun moments is actually making me more tired!
I would love it if anyone else in this position would post with updates of what you journaled. We can motivate each other!
And I also recommend Shimelle's JYC. But I've done it 2 times already and am looking for some new ideas.
That's my island!
Loc: Central Texas/Port Aransas
|Posted: 11/25/2012 10:31:03 AM|I love making DD albums! I don't have any kids, so sometimes I struggle with the "not enough" blues, but honestly, it forces me to find ways to celebrate the season and that's a good thing! There are a lot of good ideas here already for things to include. One thing that helps me is that I couldn't care less if what I put on a day actually happened on that day or not. Nobody will ever know but me if I "move" something to another day. I care more about getting the memories and traditions down than I do making it an actual photo a day thing. I intended to just do a December memories this year and I have done that in other years, but I always get sucked into Ali's daily overlays. I'm going to use them this year too so it will be technically a DD, but not really because I put photos where I need them. And I'm going to include some holiday memories of years past this year also. I like that idea. I took JYC last year and never even had time to look at it, so I'm excited about including it this year.
If you don't think you do enough to celebrate the season, find new ways to do that! They don't have to be expensive. Some of my favorite things about the season don't cost anything or very little.
Make it merry!!
Will I ever get to Buckethead?!
|Posted: 11/25/2012 10:43:58 AM|
Don't think of it as a Dec. DAILY, just think of it as December memories and make it a continuing album that you add to each year. Neutral papers with some red and green accents will make a cohesive album no matter how many years are added and you don't have to buy lots of "Christmas" products. Once you start you may be surprised how much you want to document. Have fun with it and it will add to your holiday.
Ancient Ancestor of Pea
|Posted: 11/25/2012 11:11:02 AM|
Wow, there are some great ideas on this thread.
I think December Daily is a great idea, but I am not doing any sort of December album at all and I am okay with that. I think that it is so easy to get caught up in the projects that it seems like EVERYONE is doing, even if they aren't necessarily a good fit for you. If you truly want to do one then I think there are a lot of good suggestions here to get you going, and if not then don't worry about it! If you want to play with Christmas supplies you could always make a bunch of cards for your friends and family or to donate somewhere instead.
Loc: Pittsburg, KS
|Posted: 11/25/2012 11:19:46 AM|
i am so glad i came here today. i have been trying to figure out how i want to do this and now i know. i do project life too and didn't think i would really have enought to write about. i feel freed after reading all of this! thanks everyone!
Loc: Pacific NW
|Posted: 11/25/2012 12:34:07 PM|Check out the thread about Reverb prompts. Other peas have posted some great links to Dec Daily "albums" that are more like art journals, including several different lists of prompts.
Instead of worrying about getting a photo every day, or worrying about your December not being "interesting" enough, anyone can do the prompts. If you are not into the the artsy part of the journaling just use the pretty paper, embellishments etc. to decorate the page. It's not just focused on Christmas either, so it works for those who don't celebrate Christmas too.
Thread on reverb Dec Daily prompts
Pea with a Pen
Loc: Southern California
|Posted: 11/25/2012 12:47:25 PM|
I am kind of in that situation, and that's why I haven't ever specifically done DD. Only thing is last year I practically did have enough. Counting a few two-page spreads, including one from a December kid's birthday party (which actually also resulted in a separate one-pager) and a few others that weren't Christmas related, I ended up with 20 pages from December last year. Towards the end of the year (after Christmas), there are some travel pages, and Christmas itself was another three-pager.
I think my 2012 book has slightly too many as it is, so a Veterans' Day LO will be the last one going into that book. I am going to start a new book this year for Thanksgiving through the rest of the year. It will have Thanksgiving day, and the same kid's (early) birthday for sure, but I am not sure if there will be a whole heck of a lot from early December. However, from Dec. 19 on I will be traveling, first to Colorado for Christmas and then to the coast like I did last year, so I expect to fill quite a bit in the last part of the month, even though a lot of the pages will be more travel-oriented than Christmas oriented, and some right after we get to Colorado will be more baby and toddler-oriented than anything else.
So no Christmas-themed DD for me, but I am looking forward to a special book for the holiday season this year.
Loc: New England
|Posted: 11/25/2012 1:05:29 PM|
Some really great ideas here - thanks for sharing!
Apron Wearing - I Love Lucy inspired Housewife
Loc: Wallingford, Connecticut
|Posted: 11/26/2012 7:15:32 PM|
I didnt read all the replies so forgive me for repeats.
We are similar, we don't do church ever and we are just us 4. My parents are long gone, I have no siblings and we aren't very close with DH's family.
I am doing one this year. I plan to take pictures of our elf on the shelf, our advent calendar, the kids special christmas pajamas, our christmas cookie baking, our meal on christmas, our decorations/lights, the places we visit to see the lights, our trip to see santa, etc
Most are "free" things that we do!
|Posted: 11/26/2012 7:47:07 PM|
I feel the same way. We don't go to church, my house is decorated almost the same every year, we don't get invited anyway...the list goes one. We're pretty boring compared to majority of the population, lol. That's okay though, I don't mind being boring. I don't make one for those reasons and I don't like feeling pressured to scrap, sounds weird, I know. I love looking at them though.
|Posted: 11/26/2012 9:28:18 PM|
Can you imagine the party if all of the peas who "don't do anything special, don't really go anywhere, don't get invited to stuff" got together for the holidays?!?!? Y'all make me want to plan a big Pea-Party this Christmas!
Loc: DFW, TX
|Posted: 11/26/2012 10:27:38 PM|
Loc: Melbourne, Australia
|Posted: 11/27/2012 2:38:49 AM|I love the idea of just doing a 12 days of Christmas album if you feel you don't have enough to document 25/31/37/more days in a holiday album. I also think that everyone's life is interesting enough to document.
I'm a grown-up with no kids yet. My "December Daily" is going to be more of a journal...mostly about recapturing the "magic" of Christmas. I feel like I've been a grinch the last few years, and that I'm letting Christmas (and a lot of other things) fly by without enjoying them.
I would love it if anyone else in this position would post with updates of what you journaled. We can motivate each other!
I'm also grown up (supposedly ) with no kids and felt much like you. The joy had gone out of my Christmas season. Doing a DD actually made me get back into the holiday spirit and I now look forward to capturing the little stuff.
When I look back at my albums over the last few years I have included:
quick trips interstate
seeing my favourite bands play
going out for dinner with friends
new ornaments in any given year
Christmas lights (sometimes mine, sometimes others in my neighbourhood)
going for job interviews
shopping lists (food and gifts)
my Christmas wish list
gifts I received for Christmas (it's interesting to look back and see what I wanted and needed vs what I actually received)
what the elf got up to (even though it was just me and my sister in her mid-20's living here - it's a lot more fun when the elf can play cards with a reindeer and a penguin while getting drunk then end up in bed with a hangover the next day!)
decorating the house/tree
ornaments I've collected over the years. I buy Christmas ornaments when I travel so I only get to see my tacky souvenirs once a year. Sometimes I talk about the trip where I bought them, sometimes I just talk about why I put them where I did this year.
stuff that's going on at work - sometimes good and sometimes not so good
the Salvation Army band play at a local shopping centre in the last few days before Christmas (they just stop outside a shop, play a song or two, then move on to somewhere else)
grocery shopping list - for Christmas or just in general
baking gingerbread stars (my go to gift for co-workers)
making Christmas cards
what wrapping papers I'm using this year (are they new or left over from last year, is there a theme/colour scheme or are they totally random)
working on my DD album (there's usually a page mid month where I confess I've only completed 2 pages so far)
a rare night of curling up in bed with a good book or a movie
a visit to the chiro or spending the afternoon in bed with a bad headache
to do list (mowing the lawn, cleaning the bathroom, ...)
visiting the Myer Christmas windows (an annual thing here in Melbourne - the department store has a Christmas theme in their main windows that changes from year to year and usually features animatronics and music/story based on Christmas stories. It's open from early in the morning until about 1am and usually has huge queues of families with kids in pyjamas as well as people without kids)
where we are having Christmas Day and why it's at this location, as well as the people who are there
how any of our normal traditions have changed this year and why
I love looking back over my albums.