It's been a rainy day here in O-Town but that hasn't lessened my holiday spirit. I started my day with a lovely email informing me that a donation had been made in my name to the Stephen Lewis Foundation. The Stephan Lewis Foundation is supported by a group near and dear to our hearts at school as we have a number of friends who are members of Grandmothers to Grandmothers who raise money to support African women. Today is International Aids Day. I was honored to have a donation made in my name. If you are interested in making a donation you can go here.
Today I also made a discovery via Ali's blog. I found Reverb 10. A very cool journaling site just for December. Here's the description on their blog:
Reverb 10 is an annual event and online initiative to reflect on your year and manifest what’s next. The end of the year is an opportunity to reflect on what's happened, and to send out reverberations for the year ahead. With Reverb 10, we'll do both.
December 1 One Word.
Encapsulate the year 2010 in one word. Explain why you’re choosing that word. Now, imagine it’s one year from today, what would you like the word to be that captures 2011 for you?
(Author: Gwen Bell)
I would love to keep up with this activity in addition to the December Daily but I don't think i'll be able to write and post every day. I may have to do it in spurts like the December Daily creation.
December Daily Day 1.
I love to decorate more than anything. It's a trait I inherited from my mother. Nobody does holiday decor like my mom. Sunday I put up our garlands but tonight, in honor of December 1st, we put up our tree. I fluffed, lit, ribboned and hung ornaments on, what we've dubbed, as our 'toilet brush tree'. We've had it for four years now. Next year we'll have a new pre-lit tree but for this year we're stuck with this one. I figure the more lights, ribbon and ornaments that we add to it disguises the actual tree itself. Here's a few shots of the process.
First the fluffing...
Then the lights. Not my job.
In addition to the tree I also put out our nativity set. My mom has been giving me pieces of this set for years. It's finally complete.
And of course, no Christmas is complete without this-
I hope you kicked off your December with a wonderful day today. Happy December!