Thursday, 1 December 2016

1st December: Journal Your Christmas

I LOVE Christmas.  To my mind, it really is the most wonderful time of the year.  I pretty much enjoy everything about it: the twinkles, the cold sharpness of air that may bring snow, the cosy films, gallons of tea drunk in thick, warm socks, the food, the music, and best of all the festivity of times spent with friends and family.  Today I'd like to share my Christmas manifesto.

And a few of my Christmas photos from years past!

Each year, to help document the season, I take part in Shimelle's class Journal Your Christmas.  This is a scrapbooking class designed to guide participants in their reflections on all things Christmas.  This might be accompanied by some crafting action, but mainly is about journaling; jotting down little notes and memories that help capture the spirit of the season.

For the last couple of years, I have taken part in Journal Your Christmas in a blog format, and so this year I will be doing the same, as it really works for me!  I am going to aim to take my camera pretty much everywhere to document the little moments as they happen.  And I am going to try and blog every day during December.  This really motivates me to sort and edit my photos promptly, and to write my stories while the details are still sharp in my mind.

I don't scrapbook daily simply because it doesn't work for me.  I like to make 12x12 pages rather than minibooks, and there are days when there just isn't the time to craft amid work and friends and life and all the things that are happening!  However, I know I can always make a few minutes to blog, and that's something I can keep up with, without it turning into a chore or an obligation.  I actively enjoy it!

However, this doesn't mean I won't scrapbook at all.  On the contrary, recording my Christmas memories in blog form means I have photos and journaling all ready to go for when I do have a cosy evening in with a cuppa, some chocolate and piles of pretty paper. I also have lots of lovely moments recorded on my blog from previous years, so in November I ordered a whole batch of pictures from 2015 to be printed so that I can scrapbook them when I'm feeling Christmassy. Which is basically all the time once we hit November.

So how will I be making the most of this Christmas? There are lots of lovely plans in the works.  I have Secret Christmas Weekend all planned for the Man, the Annual Christmas Shindig organised with friends, plans to visit the Christmas markets in Manchester and of course the numerous ones in London, delicious recipes to bake, scrapbooking projects to share, and even a last minute weekend in Cologne. Not to mention all the lovely traditions of decorations, the tree, Christmas films, carols and the big day itself.  It's going to be a good year, and I'm looking forward to living it, and documenting it.

This is quite simply my Christmas manifesto: to embrace every experience and to record the important moments.

Whatever your thoughts on Christmas, make sure you take time to enjoy it, to plan little treats for yourself and those around you, to reflect on the lovely things in life and what they mean to you, whether you're a scrapbooker, whether you do Journal Your Christmas, December Daily, or none of the above! However you celebrate the season, I hope you have a wonderful month and wish you a very Merry Christmas.

Kisses xxx

P.S. I know Christmas is coming as soon as the conversation in my classroom at school turns to the John Lewis advert and which other stores have done a better or worse job. Before you know it you've got a classroom of students blinking back tears at a YouTube compilation of heartstring-tugging Christmas moments because it's all just so beautiful really isn't it, Miss?

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