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25 Days of Christmas Photo Ideas

25 Days of Christmas Challenge

Race, Shop, Wrap, Rush, Bake, Gone!

Ever find yourself excited about the holidays and then racing to get the shopping done, get from one concert to the next, off to this party and then to that one. Then there are the office parties, cookie exchanges, Christmas programs, volunteering, wrapping presents, more shopping, and more baking! Do you struggle with Christmas photo ideas?

Do you ever find yourself mid-January and realize all of those great photo ideas you had been saving all year on Pinterest went unused?!

Photo Prompts and Fun!

Each day from December 1 – 25 I’ll share a theme of the day with potential ideas to stop and get a photo or two of the people, furkids (pets), and things you love about the holidays!

These ideas are meant to inspire and encourage! It’s fun to plan photo ops around ideas and themes that can take a simple afternoon sipping hot cocoa up a notch to a delightful Hot Cocoa Party!

Calendar of Ideas

Day 1 - Take photos of the tree before, during and after decorating.
Get close up with the lights on - especially of family heirloom or extra special ornaments!

NOTE: Just as dusk is settling in, but it's not dark yet, is a great time to get those pics!
Day 2 - Take photos of  Special Ornaments, CloseUps of  Hanging Ornaments or decorations Downtown! Or even Making Ornaments

(Photo shown here We made cinnamon ornaments and they smelled
so good!)
Day 3 - Take photos of Making Gingerbread houses or cookies, visiting local Santa Village with large Gingerbread men, In Gingerbread themed PJ's or Sweaters
Day 4 - Take photos of Making Snowmen, Baking snowmen treats,
Snowman themed gifts, Snowball fights, Snowball Ball/Dance,
Snowman/Snowball Themed Party, or Snowing/Snowflakes
Day 5 - Take photos of 
- Making or enjoying  your favorite holiday drink (eggnog, hot chocolate and marshmallows, hot buttered rum, Kahlua), Sharing with friends and family, Favorite mugs/glasses
Day 6 - Take photos of 
- Writing a letter to Dear Santa
- Creating a Wish List 
- Coloring Santa
- Santa Craft(s)
- Santa Decorations

NOTE: When scrapbooking be sure to add their Dear Santa or wish list to the layout. They are so precious to look back on and share with others!
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Day 7 - Take photos of 
- Elves are known for being Santa's Helper. Plan events and take pics of being Santa's helper delivering treats, gifts, helping neighbors etc.
-Elf on the Shelf
- Watch as you shop and play for Santa's Elves and grab a few pics with them!
- Elf PJ's, Costume, Hats
Day 8 - Everyone I know has a favorite Christmas movie. What's yours?
- Take a photo enjoying that movie
- Dressed as one of the characters
-Plan a party around that theme!
- Is it on the marquee?
25 Days of Christmas Challenge
25 Days of Christmas Challenge
25 Days of Christmas Challenge
Take photos of 
- Take a selfie in front of the tree, wrapping gifts, or hanging ornaments
-How about with Santa!
-With your favorite people
- In your favorite place
- Making gifts
- With your favorite movie playing in the background
- Don't wait. I hate my photo taken, but I hate NOT having any of me with my loved ones even more! So, here I am!

60 Day Journal Challenge

Good Morning friends! I belong to a great scrapbooking group called ScrapbookingPizzaz and Esther and I were discussing challenges. She was inspired to start a journaling challenge.

Journal Topic: Your thoughts and opinions on this topic:  Everything happens for a reason, right?

(You can journal/write/draw/paint etc in a notebook book, journal, or word processor (Google Docs would work too!) on your computer or in your blog)

11/01/2010 

I absolutely believe everything happens for a reason. I can look around me and see where choices were placed in my life and I acted on them. Some positively and others I regret. Sometimes I regret acting and sometimes I regret not acting on them and not following my gut.

For example, almost seven years ago I was single and going through a hard time. My adult daughter literally bullied me into joining match.com, totally against my will. I ‘met’ a few guys on there and they seemed nice enough, but none that I really felt a connection with. Mostly, I felt they were just players. My 30-day free trial was about over and I was going to just delete my account I had a message from a guy named Chris.

We chatted via email and then on the phone. You can imagine my anxiety when it came time to actually meet in person! We met at a local coffee shop late one afternoon and I’d scheduled with my oldest daughter to call me in 45 minutes. If I said I Oh no, I’ll be right home! Then things weren’t going well. If I said something like, oh no problem, I’ll grab someone my way home, then it was going well. She called and laughed and teased me from the other end of that call while I was calmly saying, yeah I can stop and grab that on the way home.

I hung up and Chris asked if that was a check-in call. OH!!!! I felt the heat hit my face and all I could do was laugh and admit it. He offered up that he was glad I didn’t feel the need to rush off.

I married that man two years later 🙂

There were major changes in my life that led up to that point.

  • I moved states. I packed up and left everything I knew. It was hard leaving family, friends, familiarity and a decent job in Montana to move to North Dakota where I’d never lived before.
  • I ended a long term, bad for me, relationship and took a huge step of faith by walking away from our house and renting an apartment.
  • I had to find the confidence to actually meet the man behind the text at the coffee shop that day.

I look back now and see that because I took a chance at each fork in the road, I am now where I am. I took a chance on a man I met online, a very scary proposition and one I don’t actually recommend. However, I am happily married and added a young stepson to the family.

It isn’t always easy to see why things happen, sometimes we may never know why. It is always easy to know that God is in control and even when difficult things happen, He is there.

All of the experiences in my life have forged me into the strong, independent, reliable woman I am today.