Why Document Your December with Lists?
I am a huge fan of documenting my everyday life. I like that I can go back to when Alex and I first started dating and see how we spent our weekends, how we celebrated the holidays, and how we created our own traditions and habits as a couple. I can also go back and see what life was like before Alex was in it. I have pages from junior high, a few things from high school, and an album or two from my freshman year of undergrad.
The idea of documenting our everyday life in December is especially interesting to me. I like that the challenge of December Daily (started by Ali Edwards) encourages documenting more than just the special holiday times. It encourages us to focus on how our lives are very much the same as the other times of the year, but maybe we’re bringing out our winter coats, cute boots, and extra blankets to have around the house. The details of our lives can get overlooked while we make yet another Christmas Morning! scrapbook layout.
The details of our lives can get overlooked while we make yet another Christmas Morning! scrapbook layout.
So how do lists come into the picture?
A few years ago, 30 Days of Lists participants who also participated in Ali Edwards’ December Daily project asked if Amy and I could run a special edition of #30Lists for December.
It’s not that they wanted more projects to work on during what could be the busiest time of the year, it’s that they wanted:
- structure to their daily entries. Knowing you have at least one thing for each day makes the month-long project less intimidating
- journaling prompts that wouldn’t take a long time. Making a list doesn’t take a long time!
- a way to document their December that wasn’t all about Christmas. We have a diverse community and we wanted to create a space that made each one of our Listers feel comfortable documenting their Decembers without feeling like they’d run into Santa at every turn
- a way to document their December that wasn’t all about kids/family time. I don’t have kids and it surprises people who know me outside of the internet (aka the so-call real world) that I scrapbook because they assume that only moms/grandmas scrapbook. I have my own story to tell and I know other Listers like the opportunity to documenting their ‘right now’ story that doesn’t need to be in the context of their relationship with others
While we don’t focus on specific holidays, our list prompts were developed in a way that you will be able to interpret them however you’d like. For example, if we give you the prompt: Favorite things to eat this time of the year, you could focus your list on the food that you eat during a holiday meal, or you could focus on the food and drink that is only available during the winter season like the seasonal drink list at your local coffee shop.
30 Days of Lists is a very special project to me and the Listers who participate each challenge. We hope you decide to join us so you can document your December to look back on in a few years to see how you’ve changed and how you stayed the same. We encourage you to dedicate a few minutes each day to do something for yourself…telling your ‘right now’ story.