Today is the 1st of December and all over social media people are opening their advent calendars, putting up their decorations and starting to eat mince pies.
Well I don’t have an advent calendar, I started eating mince pies in October and I am feeling ambivalent about Christmas decorations.
It’s about this time of the year I start looking at the goals I set for myself and how things didn’t go to plan.
This year is no different in some respects but there was so many things that exceeded my goals and expectations.
So I won’t be rushing to put up any decorations up or trying to get an advent calendar that doesn’t serve me. I hope people continue to get excited by this festive period.
I created a stop motion animation on my mobile phone for the beginning of December. I hope you enjoy it.
The brooch was from the lovely Jane Kent Studio.
With 19 days until Christmas day there are lots of advent calendars, prompt challenges and vlogs in my social media feeds.
I started posting about #MeetTheMakerWeek by Joanne Hawker and then got busy so didn’t finish all of the prompts. This challenge was a short one of six day. Taking part in this challenge gave me the chance to check out the feeds on Instagram of other makers.
I joined a group on Facebook called Brum Bloggers and they are running #brumblogmas. I got apprehensive about finding the time to produce content for 24 days in a row. Then I re-read the post and it said you could dip in and mix up the order of the prompts. I have signed up and will post some content based on the prompts.
Finally, an Instagram challenge from the Blurt Foundation called #blurtmerrycalmness. Again I will dip in and out of this challenge. I the Blurt Foundation has some interesting and inspiring articles and merchandise relating to mental health.
With that in mind I have decided not to put my big tree up this year and I will leave you with a shot from last year. I want the festive season to be a time of reflection, rest and gratitude.