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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  1. Charline says…

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

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  3. Steph says…

    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!!!

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  4. Sammi says…

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

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  5. McAmy says…

    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!!!

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  6. Deb says…

    Can not wait to get started!!

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  7. Brooke says…

    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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  9. Angie Blom says…

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

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  10. Josephine says…

    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.

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  11. Cheryl says…

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

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  12. susan garner says…

    Were do I buy the December Daily kit from. ?

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  13. cathi says…

    Happy Decmeber. Thanks you for sharing

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  14. Kelly says…

    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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  16. Traci says…

    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

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  17. Anthea says…

    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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