December is always the time of year that we think of family and creating family memories of Christmas and traditions. We are either carrying on with old traditions or beginning new ones that future generations can carry on with their families.
It is a time to think about taking all of the pictures and writing down all that you can to capture those moments of joy when you see family you haven’t seen in a while or when you hear the giggle of the kids opening their gifts or even the dog running through the wrapping paper all over the floor. Treasure each and every one of these moments, get them on film and takes notes so you will know exactly who the photo is about, what day it is, what they were doing, what was the occasion, who was there, what you had for dinner. So much information slips by us and we think “I will remember this or that” and then as time goes on in our busy lives, some of the things that we thought we would never forget has slipped from our minds.
I know I am a little late in getting started on the 12 days of Christmas project, so hopefully you won’t mind doing a couple of extra days to catch up.
You remember the song, The 12 days of Christmas? On the first day of Christmas my true love sent to me, a partridge in pear tree. Traditionally, The 12 Days of Christmas starts on Christmas Day and finishes on January 5th. This goes back to English times in the 16th century.
To be a little bit different, I would like to start the 12 days of Christmas on December 14 and each day on a scrapbook page or in a journal, start writing down what you are doing, what are you thinking about, who are you buying gifts for or are you not able to buy many gifts this year, are you making gifts, what are your feelings about this Christmas in 2011? Record these next days leading up to and on Christmas Day.
Just put in your name and email address and I will even send you a reminder each day for the next 10 days via email to get you started.
I want so much to encourage everyone to treasure their family and friends as much as possible in these times of trouble all over the world. Family is what binds us together and keeps us together. Some families aren’t as close as others but some are. We all can learn from each other. If you have said some unkind words to a family member or a friend; take care of that and apologize or do something special for that person, make up and be loving friends and family again. Life is much too short to let petty little differences come between any of us. We all need each other and we will all benefit from it. It doesn’t matter who said what or who did what, forgive and let it go.
Start off the new year of 2012 as a completely new beginning and continue it all throughout the whole year. You will be much happier in your own life.
Don’t let this Christmas season go by with unkind words or unkind deeds still in the way.
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Many, many people do not have anyone to share their lives with and if you are able, please take a minute to share a smile or a hug with someone who needs it. Donate some of your time; buy a little extra at the grocery store for a family who may not have anything this Christmas. You will be amazed at the awesome feeling you have if you do just one simple little thing to make someone else feel special.
Christmas is the best time of the year to start anew.
I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a glorious and safe Happy New Year.