Hello! Welcome to day six of our Online Christmas Advent!
This is a daily link that will bring you some fun ideas for Christmas. Yesterday's post included an awesome give away, and you can also click HERE for the seventh day, where there will be a lovely printable on Sunday. Or, click HERE to start at the beginning. For my day, I'm starting with a photo:
This is me on Christmas day of what I think is 1976. I love many things about it, but these 9 things especially:
1. I got a new baby doll! I loved playing with dolls when I was little. This one would've had that plastic baby-doll scent, which is one of the two smells I most closely associate with Christmas.
2. I got some Play-Doh! That is my second Christmas scent...the sort-of salty smell of it takes me right back to how it felt to be me in that picture.
3. I got some books! My mom was always very careful to include books under the tree. It wouldn't feel like Christmas to me without a new book or two. (That is still true, even though now I buy and wrap them for myself!) I'm not sure what this one is...I'm tempted to say it is All-of-a-Kind Family, but I don't think that's right as A--I was probably 4 or, at the very oldest, 5 in that picture, and I wouldn't be able to read such a hard book yet and B--that is not the cover I remember.
4. Barrettes! I bet I got those in my stocking. I loved clicking them off of their packaging.
5. My blue dress. I didn't realize until I looked really, really closely that there was a picture of this dress. My mom made it and I loved it because it made me feel like a pioneer girl. I hadn't read Little House in the Big Woods yet, but we did watch Little House on the Prarie every week.
6. My Holly Hobby dress. Again...made by my mom. It had a lace apron, and, well...Holly Hobby!
7. More books!
8. The gold sectional couch. When we were kids, we'd pick a spot to put our Christmas presents as we opened them.I guess this year, that part of the couch was mine. Years later (and one re-upholstery job also done by my crafty mother) I had the same couch in my newlywed apartment.
9. The hair! Evidence of curlers. I HATED MY RINGLETS. But my mom loved them, so on special occassions, I'd sleep in those pink foam curlers and then have ringlets the next day.
I'm sharing that photo and those memories because right now in the scrapbooking world, the cool thing everyone's doing is December Daily, a little scrapbook album with photos and journaling for each day in December. I admire the people who do this...but I cannot do this. I can't scrapbook every day during my regular life, and December is so NOT my regular life that I just can't fit it in. (You can see my December scrapbooking project HERE.)
But it's made me think about all of the Christmas stuff I've never written down. Christmas stuff from my childhood. So! That's what I'm sharing with you today: A PDF with 31 Christmas journaling prompts to help you get down the details of your childhood holiday memories. It is Christmas-centric because Christmas makes up my December memories.
You could use the prompts in a bunch of different ways. Spend some time each day in December (with a little catch up!) just writing your responses on your computer or in a journal. That's all—just write down the memories. You could blog about them. Or you could get more complicated and make a little scrapbook. It doesn't matter. Just get your memories down!
You can download it right here: Download 31 Childhood Christmas Journaling Prompts.
So tell me: what is one of YOUR favorite childhood Christmas memories?