Do you date Christmas layouts?

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Posted 3/24/2013 by ncgibbons in General Scrappin'


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Posted: 3/24/2013 6:39:39 PM
I'm an avid 'dater' - I always put the exact date on my pages and have even gone back through older pages to write the dates on as for me it is important to know when things happened.

But tonight I was catching up on some Christmas layouts and towards the end automatically looked for a place to include the date, then I thought 'why?'. It's clearly Christmas and that happens on the same day every year - lol! So I just put the year but it made me chuckle to think that I was going to put 25 December - just in case I forgot in years to come!

So what do you do?
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Posted: 3/24/2013 6:47:54 PM
I do date them.

Because we tend to celebrate Christmas over and over again, LOL!

And the way we do things changes over the years. Sometimes we went to mass on Christmas Eve and others years Christmas Day.

We open gifts at my in-laws on Christmas Eve, but then we return there Christmas Day just to see them for a bit.

So it can get confusing looking through all of the photos years later and trying to figure which ones are 12/24, 12/25, or 12/26 for instance.

Add in that my DH's father's family is Russian, so some years they celebrate in January, too!

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Posted: 3/24/2013 7:50:10 PM

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Posted: 3/24/2013 8:08:27 PM
I always do. Between our two families, we have numerous Christmas celebrations on different days, so it's important!


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Posted: 3/24/2013 8:15:31 PM
I try to date pics that are of us at a party or something but some years we go to so many places,I lose track of the dates. Or if it is just the DGC in front of my tree,I will just write the month and year. I also date every LO on the back of when I completed it.

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Posted: 3/24/2013 8:25:35 PM
I always date the front. I try to write a completion date on the back and if I am really good at remembering, I write the date I started the layout.

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Posted: 3/24/2013 8:27:38 PM
Yes. I date every LO.


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Posted: 3/24/2013 8:32:59 PM
yeah, I would date them. We don't always do 'Christmas' things on Dec. 25th, and I'm anal-retentive that I'd want to know the exact date.

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Posted: 3/24/2013 9:42:08 PM
I date most layouts. And lots of times with Christmas it isn't always in Christmas Day.
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Posted: 3/24/2013 9:53:42 PM
If it is a LO on Christmas day I just write Christmas 2010.

If it is another celebration/gift exchange for Christmas but not on the 25th I write the exact date. But I don't worry about it as usually there are different sets of people at each event, or my family is wearing different clothes (well most are, my teenage son is in t-shirt and shorts year round)

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Posted: 3/24/2013 10:09:59 PM

I date them. But in my family Christmas can happen any time. Usually it is between the day after Thanksgiving or as late as Epiphany.

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Posted: 3/24/2013 11:25:01 PM
If you mean by the year, yes. I'm a chronological scrapper, so you know when you open the album it was 2012.

But as for whether I write that it was December 18, 24, 25, 27 on the page -- nope. In my family, if someone is blowing out candles, you know what day it is because it's a birthday. If you see my niece and nephew opening something in Christmas paper, it's December 25.

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Posted: 3/25/2013 12:22:42 AM
Just the year.

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Posted: 3/25/2013 4:21:28 AM
Usually. I usually only do one 'Christmas day' layout per year, usually whichever story sticks out in my mind (sometimes this has nothing to do with actually opening gift, etc.), but often have smaller stories leading up to it. I'll always date those smaller stories.

If the journalling of my surrounding layouts makes it clear that a certain layout is a certain day, or I write 'Christmas Eve' or 'Christmas morning' in the journalling, then I'm unlikely to date it.

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Posted: 3/25/2013 5:02:13 AM
Im too OCD to NOT date them. I always put the exact date if it isnt Christmas Morning or Christmas Eve and I always put what year it is somewhere. My memory isnt getting better with age



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Posted: 3/25/2013 6:20:42 AM
I put the year on all my holiday/birthday layouts. Sure it falls on the same day but can you tell 2010 from 2012 when you first glance at the page?

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Posted: 3/25/2013 7:04:28 AM
I always try to sneak a little date stamp in there, on the scrapbookpages I make about recent Christmasses. If it's a main layout for that specific year I like to feature the year in the title.

Especially for Christmas layouts I am very keen on putting a date on them, for a specific reason.

I have sooo many christmas photos (mostly paper copies) from when I was growing up, and they are almost impossible to date. So many years of our tree looking the same, in the same house, with the same people... Sometimes my only clue is a photo of me with a specifik toy I got a certain year, and in that case I MIGHT be able to match a hair style or pyjama set on another set of photos and match them up to a year.

It's easier nowadays to know when photos where taken, because of the metadata in the digital file, so it's easy to suss out when the photo was taken, at least

I'm thinking of just making a big Christmas album, and in that album maybe put layouts that aren't about the event so much as, for instance, the fact that our tree looked the same every year (and then spam the page with all the photos I can find) or how granny always fell asleep in the couch when we were opening gifts, etc, make it more about our traditions than the events, for all my older photos.

Noadays though, we celebrate Christmas both in Sweden with my faily and sometims in the UK with my hubby's family, and sometimes they come over to visit us, so I like documenting when and where as well with dates, now that I can

I also like to put dates on travel layouts...

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Posted: 3/25/2013 8:20:32 AM
I've even noticed that on my PL pages, I've accidentally dated the same photos twice a few times! (Once right on the photo or mat, and then once on the journalling card.) Yep, I'm big on including dates.

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Posted: 3/25/2013 8:34:36 AM
Unless its a life event like a wedding, birth, graduation etc - I don't care about the day being included in the date. I always include the yr, and the month or season as in : Spring 2012 or Jane, 12yo, Fall 1999.

No way do I stress over the exact day! I truly do not care if I'm looking at a 10yo Christmas photo with our extended family that was taken on the 24th or 26th. It's just "Christmas with 3kidmama Family", 2002!

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Posted: 3/25/2013 8:51:15 AM
I date everything. For Christmas, the date is obvious... but the year isn't!

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Posted: 3/25/2013 9:23:54 AM
I'm another one that adds the year. We may not always do Christmas with relatives on The 25th, but its the Christmas Season so I only add the year. Other events like a BBQ or bonfire I'll add the month & year, but not usually the exact date

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Posted: 3/25/2013 9:24:41 AM
I'm not much for dating, but sometimes in the journaling I will say "Dec. 25" and other times I will not. You know what year it is because of the book it's in.


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Posted: 3/25/2013 10:09:17 AM
I always put at least the year, sometimes the exact date.

I have several pictures from my childhood that have "last Christmas" written on the back. That's a little harder to figure out! I guess my mom gets an "A" for effort!

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Posted: 3/25/2013 10:14:21 AM
I am more likely to write "Christmas Eve" or "Christmas Day" and the year.


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Posted: 3/25/2013 10:47:29 AM
Yes, I do. We have celebrations on the 24th, 25th, and then another "Christmas" celebration in either December or early January. So I do use the exact dates on LOs.

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Posted: 3/25/2013 1:52:08 PM
I date as far as year but not day - I have a Christmas only album and I put in all the get togethers and activities for Christmas in that album, so each section has a large year on the first layout in the title- and then the remaining layouts have the year on the journal boxes.

I never know or really care what day it is - what day we did Christmas card photo session, gingerbread houses at aunties, celebration at dad's, etc. Christmas eve and Christmas day of course is obvious, but the day and week after Christmas I have been known to take pics of the kids in their pjs with their toys as well and that goes in there as well - if the tree is up it goes in there, ha ha ha!

But no, I don't ever put 12/24, 12/25, 12/26, etc. The year matters but the day really doesn't to me at all.

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