December Daily™ 2012 | Saying Hello & Looking Back & Looking Ahead

A very big welcome to December Daily™ 2012.

Today is the day I begin and I'm super excited.

As I get ready to start documenting December today (I'll post my Day One page tomorrow morning), I thought it would be fun to take a look back at the stories I've told over the last five years (check out my main December Daily™ page with links to all my past albums here). Here's an accounting (thanks Katie) of the stories I've told and how many years I've told them:

  • Advent Calendars: 2008, 2009, 2009, 2010, 2011

  • Writing letters to Santa: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

  • Christmas movies: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

  • Trip to play in Snow: 2008, 2010

  • Baking cookies: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

  • Christmas lights: 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011

  • Nativity set: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011

  • Wrapping presents: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

  • Notes to Simon and Anna: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

  • Trip to see Santa: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

  • Christmas Cards: 2010, 2011

  • Starbucks Coffee sleeve: 2009, 2010, 2011

  • Picking out Christmas Tree: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

  • Twinkle Lights: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

  • Trip to Target: 2008, 2009, 2011

  • Around the House: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

  • Opening presents: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010,2011

  • Christmas Jammies: 2009, 2010, 2011

  • Wrapping Books: 2011

  • Small Quiet Christmas Eve: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

  • Warm Clothing (favorite sweaters, coats, hats): 2008, 2011

  • Ornaments: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

  • Simon + Anna’s own Mini tree for their room: 2009, 2010, 2011

  • Being sick/ resting: 2007, 2010

  • Homework: 2008

  • Grocery Shopping: 2008

  • Quiet relaxing days: 2009

  • Printed picture of Flikr likes: 2009

  • Story of Simon and Anna sharing: 2010

  • Loving…. Prompt: 2010

  • Movie theater: 2007, 2009, 2010

  • Trip to Dentist: 2009, 2010

  • Work day stories: 2008, 2009, 2012, 2011

  • Gymnastics open gym: 2011

As you can see, I use a lot of the same topics each year (I'm a fan of repetition). I also include everyday stories alongside holiday ones. There is no right or wrong way to approach this project.

My biggest piece of advice this year: HAVE FUN. That's it. This isn't a race or a competition or anything of the sort. Keep it real for you and those who are most important to you. Let it enhance your spirit this season.



Also be sure to check out the December Daily™ 8 DAYS OF GIVEAWAYS starting today over on my blog. Each day from December 1 through December 8th I'll feature two companies. The giveaways will open at 3am PST and comments will be closed at 9am PST the following morning.


Each day I'll include a section to share your work - day one will be included with my post tomorrow. You can also share your work in the December Daily™ 2012 Flickr gallery.

My best to you this holiday season. May it be filled with wonder and twinkle and magic.


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42 thoughts

  1. Ellie Augustin

    2012-12-01 10:13:08 -0500

    I just wanted to thank you SO much for sharing this and bringing December Daily into our lives 3 years ago I saw someone talking about Ali Edwards and her December Daily and I got super curious and had to find what it was about.. I had been a card marker for the most part and although I had tried scrapbooking it wasn't something I thought about really doing UNTIL I "meet" you Ha. SO December Daily is my Anniversary into getting scrappy and documenting my Everyday life yes you also was an influence into starting Project Life and 2013 will also be my 3 year doing it. SO I am so looking forward to another fun year of December memories being documented and can't wait to see what you share with us!

  2. Graviela

    2012-12-01 10:24:11 -0500

    Love the giveaway!

  3. MichelleGB

    2012-12-01 10:25:44 -0500

    Great starting post! I'm so excited to get started!

  4. kdanielson

    2012-12-01 10:34:23 -0500

    so super excited about today. As we begin this holiday season, sooooo many changes, its time to hold on to old traditions and create new ones.

  5. Shelly K

    2012-12-01 11:35:04 -0500

    Bring on December!! Happy Holidays!

  6. Tracey

    2012-12-01 11:49:06 -0500

    My son woke up with the excitement of his Advent Calendar, I woke up with the excitement of my December Diary. I can't wait. :) :) :)

  7. Claire

    2012-12-01 12:16:58 -0500

    So looking forward to this month and all the stories and memories it will bring. Thank you Ali for your inspiration. I now have a little basket of December Daily albums to put out with my Christmas decorations, and I love them most of all. I can't wait to see them again, for the first time since they were put away almost a year ago.

  8. Paula

    2012-12-01 12:49:52 -0500

    Wishing you the most blessed and amazing and beautiful Christmas season ever Ali, Simon and Ana! Your blog is a gift in my life and I really can't thank you enough, nor could words really explain how much I mean that. I believe that connections are made face to face, online and also soul to soul, and you are a beautiful soul. Peace and Joy to you!

  9. Charline

    2012-12-01 13:51:38 -0500

    Happy December daily. Trying it for thé first year. Hope i'll make it

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  11. Steph

    2012-12-01 16:29:09 -0500

    Woo hoo!!! The start is finally here! I've got two huge events to include: step-daughter's choir club is singing at a local bookstore, and then my younger son's school play is tonight. Love, love, love this project.

    Thanks Ali for making it real for all of us!!!

  12. Sammi

    2012-12-01 17:14:04 -0500

    Thanks for the inspiration and fun ideas!! I am doing my first December DAily this year and LOVING reading through your blog!!

  13. McAmy

    2012-12-01 17:47:17 -0500

    Thank you for this list Ali. I haven't had a lot of success with daily projects because I always get behind by one day and then it derails my whole project. This year I am letting myself tell the stories on different days than they happen. Also, with work and school we have some days that are SO full of things I want to document and others not so much. I was going to make a list of stories I think I can cover - your list has many of those things on it and is a great reminder!!!

  14. Deb

    2012-12-01 17:50:18 -0500

    Can not wait to get started!!

  15. Brooke

    2012-12-01 18:19:53 -0500

    Happy holiday season to you too Ali!! For the past 2 years I've started with the same photo - it's awesome seeing the differences and similarities. My day 1 shot this year has turned out to be a different one. Thanks for taking us on this journey!!

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  17. Angie Blom

    2012-12-02 00:22:23 -0500

    Having fun already!! Now to choose from the 70 photos taken today... Christmas party and birthday party all on the same first of December!!

  18. Josephine

    2012-12-02 00:54:52 -0500

    Love your 6x8 overlays!
    Is there a blank pdf in the 6x8 set, with no date on it, like the one in the 4x6 set, where you stamped in the numbers? I can't seem to find it.

  19. Cheryl

    2012-12-02 01:27:16 -0500

    So excited about December Daily and the give-a-ways. So love Big Picture. Thank you.

  20. susan garner

    2012-12-02 02:55:03 -0500

    Were do I buy the December Daily kit from. ?

  21. cathi

    2012-12-03 10:28:08 -0500

    Happy Decmeber. Thanks you for sharing

  22. Kelly

    2012-12-05 16:28:46 -0500

    I'm 5 days in... and looking to join in... I have never completed an online class or project (indlucing the 31 things class earlier this year.) and one of my "intentions" for the new year is to complete projects and stop getting so uptight about it being perfect!
    That being said, I am wanting to do this all digital and have a book printed through... somewhere... I'm well versed in Photoshop, but not sure where to start with this... ergh.

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  24. Traci

    2013-11-12 13:09:28 -0500

    I love this! I love that you (and Katie) tallied up the themes/stories you've included! I look forward to your December Daily every year and I don't actually participate which probably makes my enjoyment of it super weird but I just love the idea of it and the albums you make so much! :D

  25. Anthea

    2013-11-12 16:05:51 -0500

    Dear Ali, my favourite Christmas story of yours was when you took Simon on the Polar Express. As a SAHM in Australia with a boy the same age, I just couldn't fathom a landscape where such a thing could happen. Some of our family traditions have come from you like new pjs for Santa. Thanks for the memories.

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