Journaling My Christmas {Day 2}

060I remember the Christmas season being some how colder, crisper and brighter than it is today. Well, it’s stillcold a lot of the time (I don’t believe in global warming) but something seemed more vivid – the night stars were bright – cookies were cookier… huh?  I remember getting dressed to go to a party at my school, and how much I loved my lacy/velvet 70s dress.  Was it velvet?   I probably had white tights and Mary Janes because that’s how we rolled.  I remember cookies with those little silver beads on them – what are those called?

Somehow the smells seemed unique to the time – the scent of a fireplace fire (which I’d love to have now), maybe hot apple cider or simmering spices.  Frankincense and myrrh.

Funny how our mind can do a good job at remembering the fleeting details – the smells, the texture of the cookies and the feel of the cold night air, but the specifics are long gone.  Maybe it’s the impressions and feelings that matter for the long run.

(The picture above is a note that Ian left under the tree for Santa.)


Journaling My Christmas {Day 1}


I love Christmas – it’s my favorite time of year and I look forward to it all year long!Christmas Manifesto

This year I will journal my Christmas – I will do my best to capture the moments each day and take time to really fully enjoy this amazing time of year.  I believe that even the most normal, mundane day is magical during Christmas.

I’ll share the funny things the children say and try to find something to make each day special for them – I remembered so many moments during  Christmas as a child and want theirs to feel the same.



Journaling My Christmas 2013

One of my favorite Christmas traditions is journaling my Christmas.  I started this when Alexander was about to turn 2 and I was pregnant with Ian. Some years I do better than others – last year I didn’t manage to journal at all. 🙁

I follow the prompts from Shimelle’s blog – Journal  Your Christmas 2013  Every  year she offers a daily prompt for journaling/scrapbooking/photography – whatever your medium of choice might be. Once you sign up for the class, you are subscribed for life.  That takes the pressure off – if you miss a year you know you can always try again next year!  The prompts run from December 1 through January 6 (12th night)

Some years I scrapbook – 1 year I tried digital scrapbooking.  This year I know how busy I will be so I am going to pop up a blog post a day and try to grab and post a picture or three a day.


Two cool free e-books

Both of these Kindle books are currently free on Amazon. I love knitting and I love paleo so I was happy to grab both of them. You don’t have to have a Kindle to read them (I don’t) – there are apps that allow you to read on your phone or on your PC.

Welcome to Our Home – Knit and Crochet Ideas from Red Heart

I can’t wait to read this one – I am transitioning my boys to a Paleo/Primal WOE and looking for any ideas to help with the change.

The Paleo Kid’s Christmas: 16 Holiday Classics So They Don’t Miss A Thing (Primal Gluten Free Kids Cookbook)

As of this post these books are free but please check the pricing before ordering as this could change at any time.