I’ve been documenting our Christmas for the several years inspired by Ali Edwards’s December Daily project. It’s been fun taking a look at how our holiday has been similar and different over the years. Each of these years I focused on creating a page dedicated to each day of December leading up to Christmas. Occasionally including late November and/or days after Christmas if it included part of our holiday celebrations (i.e., getting the tree the day after Thanksgiving or the year we celebrated Christmas with my father on New Years’ Day). One year I made a book dedicated to the antics of our elf, Christopher Pop-in-Kins.
This year, I wanted to continue the tradition, but being home with a new baby, having a kindergartener in school for 2 weeks of the month and Trent at work – I didn’t want to capture every single day. Why? Because honestly I feel stressed in having to have something Christmas related every single day for it. Maybe it doesn’t have to be that way, but that’s how I feel. When I was home with Dylan, it was easy. We had playgroup or a special library story time or would do a holiday craft, etc. These things aren’t happening now. That’s okay. It’s part of the change from year to year.
After contemplating a bit, I decided on another way to tackle this project so I can still capture the memories but not stress so much – I’m making a Shutterfly photo book with the focus simply on the holiday events/fun/tradition from taking photos for our cards to Christmas celebrations with family later in the month.
I’m uploading photos and creating pages as the month progresses. Adding journaling as I like, but mainly focusing on the pictures. And, yes, adding a digital scrapbook page or two as I’m inspired (and can find the time!).
Are you documenting your Christmas?