In 2006 or 2007, I signed up for an online class called Journal Your Christmas. It is a yearly scrapbooking “class” where you commit to making a scrapbook page each day from Dec 1 to Jan 6 talking about Christmas. You get daily prompts from the leader (Shimelle Laine) suggesting topics. I loved the idea, but have you ever tried to commit to doing something each day in December? It is almost impossible – unless that activity takes less than 15 minutes. Well, once you buy this class, you are a lifetime member and each year I have received the prompts and I file them away and I never actually make the book.
This year is different.
I am not going to commit to making the book. I am going to try and commit to blogging it. And if I can get some pictures taken along the way, and eventually turn this into a book – even better. But if it lives on my blog…that is ok. I just want to do it.
So the first prompt is always the same…A Christmas Manifesto. And here is mine:
This Christmas, I want to enjoy the season.
I want to sing and bake cookies and see friends and family.
I want to give gifts that mean something and have no expectations of receiving.
I want to be thankful for every day and every moment.
I want to make sure that work does not fill so much of my mind that I can’t see the holiday happening around me.
I want to take pictures and write and be creative as much as possible.
I want to remember why I wanted to do this project in the first place.
I want to see Christmas with new eyes this year.