Nothing like throwing a scrap page in the mix with preparing for Christmas! But, there are some challenges I just love to do and this one made me think. In fact, I didn't even plan on doing the challenge until I came up with my answer.
Here are the requirements at Once Upon a Sketch:
December 1st Challenge
Journalling Criteria/theme: The thing I look most forward to in December.
Write at least 2 sentences on what you look forward to in the next month. December is a festive month so your journalling could be about the Christmas season, the holidays, the presents or if you do not celebrate Christmas what does December bring for you that you look most forward to? Note:You layout DOES NOT have to be about Christmas! It can be about anything December brings.
Other ideas for journalling: an annual holiday or celebration, a specific event such as putting up the Christmas tree or pre Christmas traditions you might have leading up to Christmas, family time, snow covered fields or warmer weather, time off work, school holidays, change of weather, new season fruit.
And here is the lovely sketch provided:
What the holiday turns into here in the States gets under my skin. Crowded stores, over-spending, and panic are a few words that come to mind. It loses meaning quickly and I struggle to maintain what I feel is important during this month. The essence of the holiday if you will.
But there are a few things in December that rock my world.
The other day I was watching the morning news and a service woman home finally from serving her country hid herself in a box and jumped out at her kids and hubby as a surprise for Christmas. The old tears got flowing and I had to beat a hasty retreat.
It really is the unexpected that warms my heart and is what I look forward to.
So, I came up with my answer to this challenge the other day when Lexi and I put up our tree. She decided to help after her brother left on an overnight. Luke had promised to be on Team Christmas Tree which basically consisted of me and him. She looked at me and asked why we didn't just put on our very favorite ornaments and call it good. It was a worthy idea. That way we got just a little of tree decorating and everyone was happy.
Well, I was super happy with the simplicity of it all. And we enjoyed talking about what our favorites were. Also, with less ornaments I really love our tree better.
At the end I was picking up and noticed a slim little black box that held an ornament I knew I need to hang.
It was the ornament used to commemorate The City Christmas Tree in Rome NY. My Mom got the ornament for THE MAN and I as we got engaged under that tree several days before Christmas years and years ago.
HOW COULD I FORGET.
I mean, I know I am married quite obviously. But it's not like we celebrate our engagement anniversary.
It seems like forever ago standing in the cold with a ring that was waaaaaayyyyy too big since my hands were so cold. I was shaking and of course I said yes. But, really. I had no idea what a large decision that was. I also remember how upset his parents were since they had no idea he was going to propose. THE MAN did always seem to do whatever the heck he wanted to do. EVEN then.
Here is a peek at my journaling and also a close up for a recent photo of us. WHICH randomly we are wearing some colors that match my paper. Go figure. It is almost like we planned it. ;-)
And, let me explain how I made the title. I cut out the letters on my Silhouette and glued them on with spray adhesive. I have been using stickers lately for titles and these letters made me mad due to their flatness. Got out some puffy paint and glitter. They were a little better, so then got out a marker and grunged them up a bit. And found a little itty bitty "the" for the center. I like them now.
It was peaceful working on this page and writing this post. I heard the sound of the things falling into place in my brain and I'm ready for a more meaningful unexpected holiday.