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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!

Sparks of Inspiration -All About You

Journaling is an exciting, inspirational way to share you! Below you will find a few ideas to spark imagination and creativity! There aren’t any rules to journaling, so I invite you to use this as simply inspiration to create.

Family

Multi Photo Sketch used for Crossword Layout

I just spent a lovely day with my beautiful daughter and her 90 year old grandmother in law. This amazing woman is one of the kindest and most sincere people I know. She is gentle and caring and loved being the center of attention today. I’m home now and contemplating the wisdom she has obtained over her life. Ninety is quite the accomplishment. I find myself wanting to spend time with her and learn from her.

My own grandmothers are gone and neither were very good at sharing or discussing much other than the weather or maybe their garden. I would love to sit with them and hear their childhood stories, what brought them joy and what wisdom they would like to leave for future generations. It’s not possible though.

They didn’t leave a diary or journal of any kind. They didn’t talk much and both died fairly young. Social media has done a lot of good in that people can communicate quicker and share more. It has also reduced the art of communication to smiley faces and hearts. When was the last time you sat and talked?

I took the time this past weekend to actually schedule time with some people that I wanted to get to know better. I put away my phone and listened. It was amazing. I’m going to do it more often. It’s so easy to get caught up in the world and in the craziness. Work takes up a huge chunk of our day and so does sleep. What do you do with the rest of it? Do your race to the weekend to get the yard done, the garage cleaned, the shopping finished so you are ready for Monday so you can complain all week that you can’t wait for Friday?

Stop.

Smell the roses.
See the bees, dragonflies, tiny little flowers and the smiles of the children around you.
Take time to make a date with someone you care about.
Take a walk
Make a to do or want to do list and actually start it

Drink some Thieves tea 🙂
1cup hot water
1 drop Thieves
2 drops orange
1 drop lemon
Honey to taste

I use ONLY Young Living essential oils as I’m confident in their purity and rely on them for my family.  To learn more, just click here: http://bit.ly/2gD5eBR

Multi Photo Sketch used for Crossword Layout
Multi Photo Sketch used for Crossword Layout

This layout sketch would make a fun and whimsical FAMILY layout!

What crosswords can you think of?

  • Down Suffer – Across Family 😉 
  • Down Softer – Across Family
  • Down Father – Across Tactic
    • Timely
    • Toasty

Mothers Day

Not surprising to any of you that have worked with me, been in my groups or joined one of my classes; I love to write! I can’t explain it, I don’t know why I love it, it is invigorating! It’s also why I started a blog so many years ago. I wanted a way to express myself and get my thoughts down.

Another passion of mine is people’s stories. I LOVE to learn the history, experiences, challenges and accomplishments of, well, everyone. I think that, more than anything else, drives my passion for scrapbooking. I wish I could change the term though. People hear scrapbooking and they think gems, glitter, sewing, ribbon, glitz and glamour. It is not.

It is all about preserving your story. That’s it. It is about documenting what and who you love. Yes, it is as simple as that.

Mothers day is a great time to reflect on Mom, Grandma, Nana, Great Aunt Mathilda, the loving elderly woman next door that was always there for you, your moms best friend that stood in for her when she was called home to heaven, or any of those amazing women in our life that have made us who we are. It is a special day set aside to thank them for impacting us.

For me, the greatest gift anyone can give me is their time. For someone to sit down and write a letter to me is an amazing gift. Journaling is just that. Writing down your feelings and experiences.

So, add writing down your feelings/experiences to a photo and tada, you have scrapbooking! Looking for a gift for that amazing woman? Give something personal. It doesn’t need to cost a small fortune, you don’t need half to tools on the market and you don’t need to put glitz on it.

Make it from the heart.
Mean it.
Just do it.

Not sure what to do? Start with a small note of gratitude. Include examples of times that impacted you greatly, or memories that are so wonderful you want her to know how much they meant to you. Just because you know, does NOT mean she does!

When my kids were young I was privileged to get to be at home with them. One summer my mom took time out of her busy day to just come up every morning and have coffee with me. We would play Ninetendo for an hour or so (does anyone remember that?) and then she would leave. Recently I called her out of the blue to tell her how much that experience impacted me. I thought she knew, but wanted to make sure. She had no idea.

To me, it was monumental. I got to know my mom as an adult. We talked about grown up, adult subjects. She shared personal experiences with me. It greatly impacted me and my relationship with her. For one thing, my love language is acts of service and quality time. Here was my mom taking time to spend time with me!! I felt loved.

It’s silly, how we perceive things sometimes.

I have a friend that loves it when her husband stops and gets her favorite soft drink on the way home from work. It brings her joy. Why? He thought about her and acted on it. She feels loved. Not only does he know what she loves to drink, but he takes the time to park, get out of his car, go in, pick it out, purchase it, get back in his car and bring it to her. He thinks about her. That lets her know she is loved. I’m guessing her love language (http://www.5lovelanguages.com/) – or how she feels loved – is gifts or acts of service.

Another friend complains that her husband is never there for her. She is struggling in her marriage. Her husband stops and buys her flowers once in a while for not reason at all. He gives her cards and writes lovely messages in them. He buys her beautiful jewelry. He is not an affectionate man. Her love language is touch. She is hungry for hugs, holding hands, an arm around her shoulders or just sitting close. Although he is doing everything he can think of to show her he loves her, he isn’t doing what she needs.

That’s what this post is all about.

TELL her why she is important. Tell her. Don’t assume she knows.

Have mom, or the mom in your life, go to www.5lovelanguages.com and take the test. Find out what their love language is, or how they feel loved, and then act on it. If it is quality time, plan a special outing just for her. If it is touch, take her to lunch, hug her, put your arm around her as you walk, hug her again 🙂

If it is acts of service, take her car and wash it. Mow her yard. Do something for her.

Appreciation comes in all forms. If you really, really want to make an impact. Write her a letter. Tell her how much she has meant to you. Include examples of how she made a difference. Include your favorite photo of the two of you together. You don’t have one? Why not? Get it. Today.

A photo and a letter.

That is scrapbooking. Multiple photos and writing about the experience. That’s a layout. Multiple layouts and that’s an album. An album done and that is amazing memories saved for a lifetime.

Need help? Contact me, I would be more than glad to help. This is my passion. It fires my soul. It’s why I do what I do. I LOVE to hear your story! I LOVE helping you preserve it.

Tell her. Show her.