Friday, December 2, 2011

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

I love this time of year! I usually try to wait until after Thanksgiving to break out the Christmas music, but I couldn’t wait this year!

I finished up my foundation pages for the December Daily album prior to December 1st…amazing!!

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We usually wait until 2-3 weeks before Christmas to get our Christmas tree, but once again….I just couldn’t wait!

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I also decided to do the “Christmas Book Advent” this year. I wrapped up all of our Christmas books…

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…and numbered them 1-20.

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In addition to the Christmas books that we already had, I also added in a couple of new ones to surprise the girls. They received Jingle and his first book last year for Christmas. He has a new book this year and it is waiting for them in the bucket! Shhh…

We also have a new addition to our Christmas fun this year! The “Elf on the Shelf” has been around for years…I think since the 1960’s…but it has definitely made a big comeback over the last couple of years. Thanks to Pinterest, I decided to join in on the fun this year.

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Introducing…. “Noodle”….

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I didn’t want to same elf that everyone has. I know…I am a little too picky about things like this. Have you seen the “Elf on the Shelf’s” lack of feet?? His legs just end at a point…weird! I looked everywhere for an elf that would work and just couldn’t find one! I even looked on Etsy! I found a tutorial I liked and had finally decided to just make my own, but I knew that it wouldn’t be finished this year. Then, the clouds parted and the angels sang…ok, maybe I am exaggerating…my daughter and I randomly came across one a couple weeks before Thanksgiving when we stopped in at the Navy Exchange. Score!! He even has little magnets in his hands and feet!

The girls originally chose “Jingle” as the name of the elf, but then we remembered that we had “Jingle” the dog. When my 3 year old tries to say “Rudolph”, it sounds like “Noodle” (I know, it’s strange! ha!)…we all thought it was pretty funny. That’s how our elf got his name! I’ll share some of the trouble he has been getting to getting into in a separate post.

We also have the typical “chocolate candy” Advent calendars for the girls.

How are you counting down the days until Christmas?

December Daily 2011: The Foundation Pages

These are probably the most “bare bones” December Daily pages that you will see!

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I was going to add some more elements to them, but I decided to just wait and add them as I add the photos/journaling. That may mean that I am working on the details after December is over, but that is OK with me.

I have linked them all up to the December Daily Flickr Group:

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The cover is about halfway done and I will post that once it is finished!

I only numbered one page and that is because I had one scrap left of the snowflake paper so I just found the number that would match the best.

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The rest of the pages will be numbered as I go. I wanted to be able to move the pages around as needed for each day. For now, they are on 2-inch book rings and I have just been moving the pages around depending on what works for that day.

Watch for a post with the first 2 pages that I have completed! Are any of you doing the December Daily this year?