Sharing Holiday Traditions, a FREE Holiday Bucket List Printable and 5 Sundays of FREE Christmas Movies via Pureflix.com!

Just 38 Days Until Christmas!

This time of year is my absolute favorite time of the year.  The holidays bring so much joy and so many opportunities to spend valuable time focusing on the things that really matter in life, like faith, family and gratitude.  

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Since November snuck up on me, I didn't get an opportunity to create a Gratitude Project again this year.  You can see the traveler's notebook style album I put together last year here.  Instead, I decided to focus my spare time on preparing to create a holiday album that encompasses our gratitude for the year, all three major holidays and all of our favorite holiday traditions, which I'm sharing more about below!  

I'll be using a 6x8 size binder with supplies I already have on hand and using some digital designs in hybrid format, so stay tuned because I'll be sharing more about that in the upcoming weeks. In the meantime, you can click here to see my 2015 album and here to see my 2016 album

Holiday Traditions, FREE Holiday Bucket List Printables by Turquoise Avenue and 5 Sunday of FREE Christmas Movies from Pureflix.com
Holiday Traditions, FREE Holiday Bucket List Printables and 5 Sundays of FREE Christmas Movies via Pureflix.com!

Since this decision, I've put thought into the things I want to focus on.  Since this could very well be our last Christmas together as a couple without children (did you know we're adopting?!), I really want to document our favorite holiday traditions. While I know none of our traditions are unique, they are all traditions that bring the spirit of the holidays to our lives and our family time together. Here are a few I'm looking forward to:

PACKING OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD SHOEBOXES: This is my favorite tradition.  My husband and I usually pack 4 shoeboxes each year. We typically buy for the boxes all year long, but this year things were a little too busy so we instead spent one late evening after work collecting items and packing our shoeboxes to be delivered to church.  I slipped a little note for each child inside the boxes and they'll be collected this week to be shipped out all around the world.  What a wonderful way to spread holiday joy and Jesus's love around the world.  You can learn more about Operation Christmas Child via Samaritan's Purse.

DRIVING AROUND LOOKING AT CHRISTMAS LIGHTS: One evening before Christmas, usually on a nice chilly evening, we jump in the car and take off for burgers and ice cream at Freddy's.  After our little stop for food, we drive around town and visit some different light shows while listening to Christmas music.  This was a tradition for each of us as children and we've continued it together as a married couple. We are so excited for the day when we will have a little one with us to enjoy the lights also! 

PROGRESSIVE DINNER ON CHRISTMAS EVE: This is a very new tradition for my husband's side of the family, one we started last year. However, after a HUGE success, we unanimously agreed to keep it.  With life being so busy throughout the year, family time with his side of the family is few and far between.  However, setting aside the entire day for a progressive dinner was really sweet. We spent a little time at each home and spent the entire day together.  Plus, it really broke up the amount of work and cooking each home had to do so it didn't fall all on one person or couple.  We are really looking forward to this tradition again. 

BAKING COOKIES: Each year this tradition looks a little different for me.  Throughout the year, I don't do much baking so I always eagerly anticipate putting on some Christmas music and baking for an entire day. Some years it has been with my mom, other years with my mother-in-law, and even still other years are with my sister. We never keep all the goodies to ourselves... We always share with our friends, family and neighbors.  Yet another way to spread holiday cheer! 

WATCHING CHRISTMAS MOVIES: This last tradition is probably one you all look forward to as well. With all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it is nice to stay home, cuddle up under a warm blanket with a cup of hot cocoa and enjoy a quiet evening together, as a family, near the twinkling lights of the Christmas tree.  Ahhh, I can almost taste the hot chocolate already!  This year, I am SUPER EXCITED because beginning on Nov. 26th through Christmas Eve, Pure Flix is going to be sharing a FREE holiday movie every SundayEven better, because PureFlix.com is a faith and family based company, I know these movies are sure to be heartwarming and great for all ages.  

What are your favorite holiday traditions? Share them with me in a comment below!

 


DOWNLOAD YOUR OWN FREE HOLIDAY BUCKET LIST PRINTABLE!

Holiday Traditions, FREE Holiday Bucket List Printables by Turquoise Avenue and 5 Sunday of FREE Christmas Movies from Pureflix.com

To help YOU prepare for the holiday season, I've created a FREE Holiday Bucket List for all of my sweet friends who want to document the season.

There is both a 6x8 version in white and color as well as traveler's notebook 4x8 version.

When you click to download the file below, you'll receive the white and colored .jpg lists to use it digitally, plus a .pdf version for easy printing on your home printer.  

I hope you enjoy these and be sure to tag me (@TurquoiseAvenue) in your posts if you share your projects online! I can't wait to see what you create!

 

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A ROUND UP OF SUPPLIES, PLANS AND LINKS FOR MY 2016 DECEMBER ALBUM - A HOLIDAY MEMORY KEEPING PROJECT

December 6th, my friends. How is this even possible?! If you're like me you're still trying to regroup after Thanksgiving and you're probably finishing up the last of your Christmas shopping. After all, Christmas is only 19 days away!  For me, December just snuck up too fast on me.  And, along with December sweeping in, so did a nasty head cold. So while I've been here, huddled under blankets and sipping warm tea, I've also been dreaming of working on my December album.

Last year, I participated in Ali Edward's December Daily project and really fell in love with the idea of documenting this time of year. It seems like the perfect ending to wrap up the year.  So while I fully intend on documenting this month again, I won't be doing a daily routine. My schedule simply won't permit. Instead, I'm removing the stress of documenting each day and planning to just document the stories, memories and magic that Christmastime brings. If you're on the fence about doing December Daily, please let me encourage you to try this way instead! 

I have collected and gathered supplies from my stash including a Kelly Purkey kit I won on Instagram, mini flair I ordered from Feed Your Craft, and some goodies I bought at Color Cast Designs.  I will be creating a 6x8 album using a chipboard binder from Hobby Lobby and incorporating pocket pages with 6x8 scrapbook pages. I'd like to keep it simple and focus on the stories of this month so I'll be using many hybrid pages I've created digitally and printed at home. Some of the digital designs I'll be using will include those from Push Print Studio, One Little Bird, and Paislee Press.  

I am so excited to move forward with this project when I feel a little bit better. Currently, I have photos on order from Mpix and I've created my title page which I'm hoping to photograph and share soon.   I'd love to hear what your December plans are and answer any questiions you may have in the comments below. Happy December! 

A ROUND UP OF SUPPLIES, PLANS AND LINKS FOR MY 2016 DECEMBER ALBUM - A HOLIDAY MEMORY KEEPING PROJECT
A ROUND UP OF SUPPLIES, PLANS AND LINKS FOR MY 2016 DECEMBER ALBUM - A HOLIDAY MEMORY KEEPING PROJECT
A ROUND UP OF SUPPLIES, PLANS AND LINKS FOR MY 2016 DECEMBER ALBUM - A HOLIDAY MEMORY KEEPING PROJECT
A ROUND UP OF SUPPLIES, PLANS AND LINKS FOR MY 2016 DECEMBER ALBUM - A HOLIDAY MEMORY KEEPING PROJECT

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Joining in on 2015 December Daily® - a Christmas Memory Keeping Project Inspired by AliEdwards.com

December 1

All year long I look forward to the holiday season and then, before I really even know what is happening, it's here and in full swing.  I'm not complaining, because I love this time of year but for the first time ever I'm finding myself feeling discombobulated and out of sorts this holiday season. 

In years past, I would usually start Christmas shopping in August and have finished up by the beginning of November. Then, during the first of November, I put up our Christmas decorations and take on the holiday festivities as they come... This year however, my mind has been preoccupied with work and personal matters, my husband has worked a lot of overtime keeping him away and this morning I found myself realizing that Christmas is only a little over three weeks away. At this point, I've already gone through several of my favorite Christmas traditions without having the presence of mind to appreciate it all.   That made me sad... This is a precious time of year with fond memories and strong family traditions. I am not going to let them just pass me by!

When I began seeing images filtering into social media of December Daily® preparations and albums, I told myself I wasn't going to take on another project this year. After all, I have barely scrapbooked in the last three months aside from my creative team duties. Oh, but all the lovely things kept showing up in my news feeds! And I wanted them all.  I took a look at our budget and realized it wasn't going to allow for me to sign up for Ali Edwards class nor the Studio Calico class.  In addition, there was only a small amount available for any new products.  I considered doing the project digitally for a short while, but told myself I'd really want to touch and feel the project in order to keep me interested.

Over Thanksgiving weekend, while we were out of town, I committed to the project and bought what supplies my budget would allow. I joined the December Daily® Facebook group, and have been pouring over Pinterest and Instagram for inspiration.

Today is the first day I've had time to sit down and think about my intentions for the project.  After reading Ali's blog post today, I really feel a strong desire to be more present minded and focus on the stories of this holiday season. So while some of my favorite moments like decorating the house (which I did alone this year) and sending off our Operation Christmas Child boxes (we missed church that Sunday because of work) have already come and gone, I can still tell the stories!

I hope you'll join me. It's not too late to begin! In the next few days, I plan to share my supplies, plus how I'll be using specific words and song titles for inspiration! In addition, I'll be sharing my completed pages here on my blog when time permits and of course, I will mostly share on Instagram.  Follow me here.

"December Daily® is a December mini-album project created by Ali Edwards that documents the 25 days leading up to Christmas. The simple goal is to capture the spirit of December via one story per day." Click here to visit Ali's website for more information and to find her awesome products.