Last year it felt like it all went by at lightspeed. This year I want to be a bit more prepared. I have my December Daily book ready to go – only it’s going to be more of a Holiday Season Daily…or so. We cannot forget Thanksgiving, now can we?
Here is the Flickr set of the pages in my book. I didn’t buy anything to make it – I used what I had. I obviously had a lot LOL! My favorite pieces are the fronts from Christmas cards we received the last few years. I either plan to either journal or place a photo of them. I used a 3 ring binder that was just sitting on the shelf as a dust collector. It may be shocking to hear that I had lots of extra fabric unused in the basement. I know!! So shocking!! I made a binder cover out of this holiday themed embossed felt, and added some ribbon. Unfortunately it didn’t turn out quite straight, so maybe I’ll redo if I feel like it. I don’t feel like it right now.
Next was the innards. It is no where near as fabulous as Ali Edwards, but I’m still pretty proud of it. I can’t wait to fill it! Now with her tutorial on the December Daily album, she started on December 1. Our holiday season starts before that date, though. I mean Santa comes to the mall in mid-November and the Operation Christmas Child boxes are sent out this week of November 17-24. Really its going to be less “daily” and more “the moments” of the season. At least I’m using the concept, right?? I think having the book and journaling areas ready to go will really help it get done. 🙂
Some other things to think about:
- Operation Christmas Child – the boxes need to be to the distribution areas by November 24.
- Throw a party for charity! – I would like to do this again this year, I just need to get a date set. I’m not sure it will get done, but hopefully…
- Give charity gift certificates as gifts – With the economic downturn it seems charities need funds now more than ever. You can do this through Just Give or Tis Best.
- Clean out your pantry and give to your local food bank. During the holidays they need your help more than ever.
- Remember the reason for the season.
the kids and their Operation Christmas Child boxes
Last week we cleaned out the basement and got rid of a whole bunch of baby stuff. I wish we could have given them directly to a shelter or crisis nursery, but they don’t take used clothes, toys, car seats, mattresses, etc. Why can we not donate our barely used crib mattress and perfectly fine infant car seats?? Why??? They are expensive items in good shape that should get used again. The mattress is destined to land in a landfill, since I found no charity that would take it. It is so frustrating! It’s not like I’m hocking cholera here…I”m pretty sure I cleaned them up good. I know if I put them on Freecycle someone would want them, but I’m pretty leary of giving out our address or going somewhere to drop them off. There’s Crazy out there, you know? *sigh* At least the charity we gave everything to will be able to sell it and get money for their cause, which is helping people with disabilities. I’d much rather give to the charities than spend 10 hours to make $2 on Ebay. Not worth it!