December Daily 2009 : Day Nine



I love holiday bedding. It's a part of my love of decor transformation that goes on around here during Christmas time. We got a new bed right before Anna was born which means I needed some new bedding (my favorite that we had last year is now on Simon's bed). 

SUPPLIES : AE Holiday Corner Art

EL751803 The collection of text I added to the photo is an overlay from a new product I have at Designer Digitials called Holiday Corner Art. There are four holiday-themed designs included in the pacakge (12x12): Fa La La, Santa, Merry & Bright, and Peace & Joy

Here's the original:


I ended up with two pages for December 9. I had already done the page about the bedding when we decided to go see Santa last night. As I was falling asleep I was thinking about how I wanted to document our visit and how each child has their own story related to the event. The concept of two columns, each with their own stamped initial was what came to mind. It worked out well. 


And a close-up scan: 

SUPPLIES : Papier Valise red foil; Making Memories Pattern Paper; Studio Calico Noah Alphabet Stamps

JOURNALING FOR SIMON : Oh Simon, you were beyond excited to see Santa again this year. The biggest thing on your mind was making sure that Santa had a Lego Indiana Jones Temple Escape set at the North Pole. You asked him about it and he said that yes, indeed he did have just that toy and he knew all about it. You were so relieved.

You and Santa talked about the North Pole & Rudolph & how he was staying in a hotel while the elves and Mrs. Claus were getting ready for Christmas.

You were also pretty excited to have your sister meet Santa. What you really wanted to do was carry her over to him and introduce him to her. Instead of having you carry her I placed her in his lap and you were so happy to have her there with you.

You also wanted to make sure that Santa knew he should bring a new baby rattle for Anna.

JOURNALING FOR ANNA This, my sweet girl, was your very first visit to see Santa. We dressed you up in the cutest little beige & white dress, cream tights, little black mary jane shoes with a bow on the strap, and a great red wool coat that I bought before you were born. You were so, so cute.

I carried you through the little maze to see the jolly man in the red suit. You watched while Simon had his conversation with Santa and then I placed you in his lap for the photo. At first you gave a little cry and looked up at the man with the furry face with apprehension but then you saw Simon and decided this must be ok.

Dad and I stood back by the photographer to get the two of you to look his way while he captured the moment. It was so cool to see the photo come out with two great kids on Santa's lap.


This post is part of a series documenting the month of December 2009. You find out more information and view all the completed pages of my album here. Share your work in the Flickr gallery here

59 thoughts

  1. Ali Edwards

    2009-12-10 16:16:02 -0500

    Simon has had the same one every year so far - totally amazing.

  2. Kim

    2009-12-10 16:21:31 -0500

    your santa stories brought tears to my eyes. so sweet for Anna and I adore Simon's intensity. i can appreciate both angles. Thanks for sharing

  3. Donna

    2009-12-10 16:51:56 -0500

    I can't wait until we get our Santa photos back - they are such a great part of a December book! Thanks Ali.
    A question - where is the #9 tag from? I couldn't see the source.

  4. Michele H.

    2009-12-10 17:09:01 -0500

    adorable picture of Simon & Anna & i love the journaling for each of them!

  5. Anastasia

    2009-12-10 17:30:33 -0500

    The journaling is so touching! Cute picture with Santa and beautiful bedding!

  6. Stephanie George

    2009-12-10 19:23:24 -0500

    Thank you for sharing the journaling with us. i always love to read your journaling and how you explain and share things to/with your kids!

  7. Erin

    2009-12-10 23:41:22 -0500

    Sweet bedding! Where did you get it?

  8. Nina Patena

    2009-12-11 00:00:14 -0500

    Hi, Ali! Love the photos on top of the bed! Just wanted to ask where you can have photos mounted like the one of Anna's in the middle? Thanks!

  9. Aga

    2009-12-11 01:29:25 -0500

    I love the photo with Santa, really sweet! Your work, dear Ali, is great inspiration for me and the idea of december daily is great, thanks:)
    Agata from Poland

  10. {vicki}

    2009-12-11 01:46:51 -0500

    Thanks for sharing the journaling!

  11. Huyen

    2009-12-11 02:06:34 -0500

    The beard always get the little one and it is massive. Glad Anna had Simon to look on for confidence.

  12. Ali Edwards

    2009-12-11 02:13:32 -0500

    That's a gallery wrapped canvas from ColorInc:

  13. Deirdre - Irl

    2009-12-11 07:48:51 -0500

    Wow Ali, just amazing. Love everything about your page.

  14. Heather

    2009-12-11 08:20:18 -0500

    Too cool! We're going to see Santa tomorrow. This gets me in the mood - to make sure to record The Story.

  15. Val

    2009-12-11 08:25:08 -0500

    Love the photo of the two kids with Santa - Anna looks like she could be an elf! One question, why is Santa in his jammies?

  16. Jeanie Dickinson

    2009-12-11 08:30:13 -0500

    i love your style but life has gotten in the way of following all the time...i just wanted to share that we for YEARS have always done a barnes and nobles gift card in our kids stocking...with a note or tag that says "if you can read you can do anything" and they always have so much fun knowing when they go they have that card and pick out something--now we do it for our grandkids....and then they get one giant candy bar and candy cane oh and socks we always seem to need socks ...

  17. christen

    2009-12-11 09:03:11 -0500

    i love your album - great photo with santa!

  18. Elizabeth

    2009-12-11 12:49:23 -0500

    wow, Simon looks so much older now....crazy how time is just flying by...Anna is adorable! They are both super lucky to have you as a momma, capturing all these wonderful moments!

  19. Anne

    2009-12-11 20:30:51 -0500

    Where can I find that "9" you used for your journaling on the bedding page?

  20. Anne

    2009-12-12 00:43:38 -0500

    Thank you Ali for giving me such a great time documenting December with my children! Where can I find that "9" you used for your journaling on the pedding page? Thanks

  21. Tara

    2009-12-12 00:57:49 -0500

    Love that Santa! Instead of done up in all the gear, it looks like you dropped in on him at home as he's just chillaxin'. Great idea for the columns for each child.

  22. Melanie

    2009-12-12 05:21:22 -0500

    Love the bedding. Do you remember where you got it from? It looks very Pottery Barn! :)

  23. Carolyn

    2009-12-12 11:54:02 -0500

    Oh my gosh Ali! You must have been so proud, they are such beautiful children, but nothing is like the magic of Santa through a child's eyes. Love how you captured these memories.

  24. Amy

    2009-12-13 13:06:23 -0500

    I just love this Christmas journaling scrapbook you are making. Could you just make it a kit that I could purchase?! :)

  25. Jana

    2009-12-14 07:58:43 -0500

    Another thank you for posting your journaling - and saving my eyes! I love the story as much as the photos, and am always straining to read each page. Beautiful book, photos, & kidlets! Thanks so much for sharing with us.

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