I love the IDEA of December Daily/JYC, but...
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Posted: 10/10/2012 8:11:37 AM
...I have no children at home (our daughter is grown and is on her own) and we don't do enough activities in December to justify a daily journal. Although I'm intrigued by the idea, I doubt that I would have enough to fill a daily journal. Is anyone else in the same boat? If so, if you keep a DD/JYC, what do you include in yours?


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Posted: 10/10/2012 8:22:57 AM
I changed mine to a "snapshots of the season" album. Same premise, but without feeling like I have to take a picture everyday or feel like I have to do something festive that day just to feel like I have something to record.


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Posted: 10/10/2012 8:25:39 AM
That is my husband and I (no little ones at home) BUT I was just looking at our calendar for Dec and it is full so I think I am going to do it this year from the grown up perspective .. we may not do elf on a shelf but we will be going to lots of house parties with different groups of friends and I am going to focus on our relationships with them .. should be interesting I think ..now just to find the right paper collection to work with this


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Posted: 10/10/2012 8:29:00 AM
I'm single and no kids but I still do plenty of things with family and friends. Plus with JYC you also talk about memories and things from childhood or when your kids were little. So it doesn't have to be limited to just this year.

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Posted: 10/10/2012 8:35:35 AM
I feel EXACTLY like you do. My kids are 25 and 21, and while the 21 yo is at home that really doesn't translate in to enough going on in my life to make a daily journal posts that even I would be interested in myself! I'm not a big journaler but I do like to document brief notes and information. I don't know, maybe we could do an album not documenting what happens on a daily basis but just the more significant activities and traditions we participate in throughout the holiday season. Things like shopping, the night I spread out ad home and wrap all of the gifts, putting up the tree, a copy of the Christmas card I make to send out to my friends and family, the (almost) annual trip to downtown Chicago to see the decorations and shop, having Eggs Fantastic on Christmas morning. I know things have changed a lot since the kids were little but it might be fun.

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Posted: 10/10/2012 8:36:17 AM
Mine is more of a December album. I don't document every day. I do have children but we also have days where it's just school/homework/everyday life. I've taken JYC and love it - it's a different perspective, not focused on children. I love to take little bits of the class and incorporate it into my album.


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Posted: 10/10/2012 8:37:32 AM
Last year I switched it up and did 25 Christmas memories, so it didn't matter what day it took place or if two of the memories were from one day. You could also do a 12 days of Christmas format and capture 12 memories or 12 days. Make the project your own. The point is to reflect and capture your holiday season.


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Posted: 10/10/2012 8:37:56 AM
mpscraps, I like your "Snapshots of the Season." That might work for me!


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Posted: 10/10/2012 10:47:36 AM
I did my first DD last year. I am single with grown, married children. I found lots of inspiration. Most of it is Christmas chores, some winter, some fillers for sure. One night I was out Christmas shopping and noticed the most spectacular tree in the parking lot that was laced with ice. The parking lot lights were hitting it just right and I pulled out my camera phone, placed myself right underneath and snapped away at the night sky and haunting branches. That shot became a full page 8x8 with text printed right on it. Definitely a filler, but so telling of the season. You will find moments for sure, go for it! Make it be about you, your feelings for the season, and the traditions you hold near and dear to your heart. You won't be sorry...


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Posted: 10/10/2012 10:57:49 AM
Journal your Christmas is certainly not designed to only work if you have children at home. I've been keeping a Christmas journal through the JYC format for eight years and I don't have any children. So I promise it is possible.

Daily entries are not required and the prompts direct you to think about different Christmas memories from the past and some hopes for the future as well as whatever might be current and specific to this particular year. Some participants use the daily format and have a page for each day, but others prefer to make a handful of pages each year to add to a book that continues for a longer amount of time. That can be a friendlier approach to either extreme of scheduling - either too much stuff to have time to create daily or not enough stuff to feel you want to document every single day. Either works.

My grandmother keeps a Christmas journal too and her children are all grown of course - so it works with all sorts of lifestyles.

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Posted: 10/10/2012 11:15:55 AM
I don't have any children. December Daily, from what I've read, doesn't quite sound like it would work for me, but JYC is not child-focused at all, or really activity-focused, either.

The side benefit of JYC is that I've sought out a few extra things to do over the holidays just to make the holiday season a little more fun for my DH and me.



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Posted: 10/10/2012 11:17:41 AM
Hence, why I am doing an October/Fall daily album. I'm not strict on the daily part, but I just do more activities in the fall, & for me its a better time for transition and reflection than the holidays.

Why not highlight different foods/bake goods your making or enjoy? I've always wanted to do close up photos of special tree ornaments and explain meaning or who I received it from, that could def fill a mini book.

Not sure where you live, but if the climate changes a lot in December you could photograph the same woods/trees/landscape & see the changes.

Check out Ali Edward's 31 Things on Big Picture Classes, you could always do something like that with journaling, then just incorporate it with holiday papers/colors.


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Posted: 10/10/2012 11:24:12 AM
I'm planning a themed DD that may span multiple years, depending on how many layouts get created. (So I'll put all the parties I go to together, and then all the decorations, etc).

Ideally I'll include some childhood memories/photos as well - again, that could easily be pulled out to become it's own album once there are enough layouts. Similar to the Stacy Julian LOM idea - as categories get full in a more general album, pull them out into their own album.

I loved doing the full 31 days last year, but don't feel life has changed enough to inspire me to do that whole thing again right away.

And as Mystie noted, it's great to encourage you to do more special things that you can then include in the album. =)


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Posted: 10/10/2012 9:08:55 PM
Wow, you guys have some great ideas! I guess the reason that I thought the DD would work better with small children is because we tend to do more "Christmassy" things throughout December with small children than we do when we don't have little ones at home - if that makes sense. After reading your posts, I'm thinking that something along the lines of a JYC might work better for me. I love the idea of photographing ornaments that I consider special and journaling about them. I also like the idea of incorporating memories from Christmases past along with memories from our Christmas activities this year. And, Kris, your story about the ice-laced Christmas tree is right up my alley!

Thanks for all the great ideas, Peas. Now I can hardly wait to start my own journal!


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Posted: 10/11/2012 6:22:24 AM
I don't have kids, but I don't feel that my life is so unimportant or unworthy that I can't document it!!! Lol!

I included just day to day stuff. One morning I made brunch... One day I took a picture of the tree outside that was finally starting to turn (I live in Texas)...there were little events we did too, but most days were just regular days.

I'm really glad I did this last year and am looking forward to it again this year!

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Posted: 10/11/2012 8:59:54 AM
I dont have kids either and this is my 3rd year doing DD...2nd year doing JYC. I take pictures of decorations, of the snow, journal about traditions, do my yearly ode to Starbucks peppermint mocha (only time a year I drink sbux!), you get the idea =) And as others mentioned, it does put you in a more festive mood....takes the bah-humbug out of you. And I don't focus just on Christmas, but more on winter. Christmas is not very important in our culture and is not even in December, but in January....but I still love the festive season here in America and love documenting it.


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Posted: 10/11/2012 9:42:57 AM
I'm in the same boat as many of you with no children at home, but I'm planning to do it this year, just documenting the month from an adult perspective (what Cheri said!). I don't know what JYC is?


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Posted: 10/11/2012 10:14:29 AM
@Becky-- JYC, is Shimelle's "journal your christmas"

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Posted: 10/11/2012 10:43:32 AM

The side benefit of JYC is that I've sought out a few extra things to do over the holidays just to make the holiday season a little more fun for my DH and me.

Last year I did my own version of DD-- I did not worry about the DAILY portion.. but more on documenting the season. My kids are grown and gone too so many of our days are just plain old work days lol... but I did find that I planned a few extra fun things to do for hubby and I. When went to see a xmas train exhibit (we are not into trains but heck it was free and xmasy!), we went to see the local decorated tree at town hall and grabbed some hot chocolate, We jumped in the car and went to see a neighborhood we heard about with amazing xmas lights etc etc..

I am planning already for what we can do this season.. it was nice to step out of our "rut" and do some things we hadn't done in years.

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Posted: 10/18/2012 6:28:51 PM
Gee Willickers, I thought I was the only one with no children and just me and Hubby. We don't do a lot around the holiday season, but JYC might inspire me to plan some activities.

Thanks, everybody--I feel not so alone now!
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