Journaling Christmas

Like a lot of scrappers out there I'm doing a version of December Daily ... where you scrap/chronicle your month and how it relates to the season. I won a seat in Shimelle's "Journal your Christmas" class, so I'm using that for my prompts. I like this class 'cause it's more about the writing and if you have pictures to add ... then great.
I'm using Tiffany Tilman's 25 Days of Templates course to do all my layouts, which are 100% digital. I decided a few weeks back to sign up of Tiffany's template class because I figured I could actually document all of December if I did it digitally. If I tried to do it traditionally, I don't think I'd make it past day three!

Above is the layout for Day 1 (December 1, 2010). I am doing my album 8 1/2 x 11, which is a different for me. I'm very much a 12 x 12 scrapper. But I thought this particular topic lends itself better to the smaller size. 

Journaling reads:

Christmas is my most favorite time of the year is Christmas. I love the smells. I love the sounds. I love the feeling that no matter how bad things might be in my life, for a few weeks, everything is alright. Growing up, we didn’t have a lot of money, but I have the best memories of Christmas …  goes to show you that Christmas doesn’t require a lot of money. It requires heart, soul and dedication to family.

Now that I’m a mama, I’m making my own memories with my own little family. I love to watch the joy my children have for Christmas -- every decoration, every present, every story, every cookie --  brings them an immeasurable amount of joy.

This year I want Christmas to be more meaningful for my family. I want it to focus on the true meaning of the season. I want to teach my children to share with others; to find ways to give; and to open their hearts to those around them. I want Christmas 2010 to be less about things and more about people and feelings. We don’t need lots of stuff. We need lots of love.

Christmas 2010 I will recapture the season. I will harness the joy my children have for the holiday and share that joy with others and remind myself each day what Christmas is all about.

(supplies used: BrandyBuffington_2ps_Mixtape_Paper_Kraft; SP_HolidayMagic_Tree-Gree SP_HolidayMagic_Tree-Red; SP_HolidayMagic_Tree-Multi
paislee-serendipity-pp1; SP_HolidayMagic_GreenBrad; Tiffany Tilman Template)