December Daily — a Fun Way to Document the Holidays

December Daily -- a Fun Way to Document the Holidays A great way to record precious memories and capture the best of December is to create a December Daily scrapbook.

You can set up album pages with background paper in November and create a tentative list of some of the holiday activities and decorations you want to capture ahead of time. You can also get number stickers or cut out numbers for each day of the month and adhere titles to the pages in advance.

During December, just photograph the items listed as well as important and impromptu moments with family and friends.

Print the photos and attach them to the background pages during December, as well — if you have time — or wait til things slow down in January to do it.

And, with minimal effort, you’ll have a unique holiday album that you and your family will treasure for years to come.

I’ve completed a December Daily album the past six years with different items in each book and still haven’t captured all the things that symbolize the holidays to me. The albums are so much fun to browse through that I started leaving them on the coffee table in the living room so when family and friends visit during December we can reminisce about good times from previous years.

Consider the list below of photo ideas for your December Daily scrapbook.

And see photos below that from some of  my albums — including pages about the year the tree kept tipping over and the time my smoke alarms went off and fire trucks came to the house. : )

Ideas for a December Daily Scrapbook

  • A copy of the month’s calendar, with holiday events marked
  • The Christmas tree — before decorating, and after
  • Boxes of ornaments and decorations stored in the attic (or elsewhere)
  • The holiday doormat
  • Signs from holiday craft shows or events you attend
  • Holiday towels and bathmats
  • Decorations in each room of the house
  • Wreaths or garlands
  • Wrapping paper and bows in your “wrapping center”
  • Piles of wrapped gifts
  • Holiday crafts you make
  • The manger scene
  • Invitations to special holiday parties and events
  • Your Christmas village
  • The fireplace and decorated mantle
  • Christmas cards received
  • Front porch and window decorations
  • The Christmas cards you’re sending
  • Christmas stockings
  • The tree with presents beneath it on Christmas morning
  • Special package tags
  • Christmas dinner
  • Family members opening gifts
  • Family members eating dinner
  • Christmas lights in the neighborhood or at a public display
  • Friends and family members wearing Santa caps
  • Decorations in your town or at the entrance to your subdivision
  • The first Christmas lights of the year
  • Special Christmas flowers or bouquets
  • Christmas jewelry you wear
  • Children’s gift lists
  • A list of presents you bought for people
  • Baking Christmas cookies
  • The holiday party at work
  • Family members arriving for the holidays (or departing)
  • The family Grinch
  • Decorations inside your favorite mall
  • The first Christmas card you receive
  • Gifts you gave friends and family
  • Gifts you donated to Toys for Tots or other charities
  • The dial on a radio station that plays all Christmas/all the time tunes
  • The cover of your favorite holiday CDs
  • Fire in the fireplace
  • Favorite holiday sayings (from Pinterest or elsewhere)
  • A countdown to Christmas calendar with the number of days left
  • The program from Christmas Eve church services
  • Board games you played over the holiday
  • Family members napping
  • Pets participating in Christmas festivities
  • Friends and family wearing holiday sweaters
  • Bare feet in holiday toenail polish
  • The steps to the attic where Christmas ornaments are stored
  • Friends and family posing with photo props — such as a frame, mustache on a stick, top hat, etc.
  • Special gifts received
  • Family portraits
  • Party preparations
  • Holiday mishaps (see mine below)
  • Tickets to a special Christmas event
  • A self-portrait
  • Elf on the Shelf activities
  • Favorite Christmas candy (for example, chocolate and mint candy canes or homemade confections)
  • Christmas tree skirt
  • Heirloom ornaments
  • To-do lists
  • The tree-topper
  • Christmas Eve activities
  • Snow, if you got some
  • Christmas flags hanging outside the front door
  • Paperwhites or other holiday flowers grown from bulbs indoors
  • Packing holiday decorations in boxes after Christmas
  • Family members driving away after visiting
  • New Year’s Eve

Pages from my December Daily Scrapbooks

December Daily 1December Daily2December Daily 4December Daily 3December Daily 7December Daily 8December Daily 13December Daily 10December Daily 12December Daily 11

Holiday blog posts:

Memories of Holiday Mishaps

Adult Advent Calendar Gift Ideas

Record Child’s Holiday Experiences in a Christmas Memories Book

Beauty of an Eclectic Christmas Tree

Fun Christmas Gifts and Activities

Super Simple: How to Make a Pine Christmas Wreath in 45 Minutes

How to Host a Fun Girlfriends Wreath-Making Party

Money-Saving Christmas Gift #1 – Extend-your-Beauty Cosmetic Tool

Money-Saving Christmas Gift #2 – Zip-It Drain Cleaner

Christmas Jumbo Wiggle Eyes: Cute Holiday Decoration Adds Pizzazz

Make an Inexpensive Christmas Gift for Less Than $5

Favorite Childhood Christmas Memories

Inexpensive Christmas Gift for Women who Have Everything

Singing Christmas Trees: Sappy but Mesmerizing

The Joy of Blinging Out with Christmas Jewelry

Holiday Observation #1

Holiday Observation #2

Awsome Ugly Christmas Sweater Party Clothes and Accessories

Yikes! When Did Ugly Sweater Christmas Parties Start? 



Savvy Southern Style

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15 Responses to December Daily — a Fun Way to Document the Holidays

  1. Carolann says:

    What a lovely idea! I think I need to start doing this!
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  2. Oh yeah, December scrapbook here we go.
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  3. Vanessa D. says:

    This is such a clever idea. I wonder if doing something like this would help me get past some of my more negative thoughts of the holiday season.
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