Smells are certainly linked to emotion. A single smell can transport you deeply in to a memory or a feeling. There are certain smells that I associate with the holiday season. The most obvious that comes to mind is Pine. The smell of pine evokes the memory of a Christmas tree in the living room or pine boughs on the windows. It is a fresh smell that permeates your entire home. Another smell I associate with this season is the fresh, crisp air just before a snow storm. Though this scent is difficult to describe, if you live in a snowy area you know exactly what it is like. The air is so cold and thin you barely feel as though you are breathing at all. Cinnamon is another scent that reminds me of the holidays. Though i can not put my finger on exactly why. I love the smell of cinnamon, and it seems like it could be more of a fall scent but i have partnered it up with Christmas. Perhaps, as a cookie flavoring.
Nourish – Holiday Punch
Lay out for December 3, 2018.
Holiday music used to get on my nerves…and to be honest, at times, it still does. I enjoy holiday music in moderation! I really like the music that is upbeat and happy. Some holiday songs can bring out sadness or elicit unexpected emotions. My favorite song is ‘Christmas Wrapping’ by the Waitresses. My daughter says ‘Jingle Bells’ is her favorite. And this year my husband says ‘Christmas Eve Sarajevo’ by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra is his favorite, though he is constantly playing ‘Best Gift Ever’ by Elizabeth Chan.
Holiday music has the ability to brighten or dampen the mood of the day. I prefer to keep it light and fun this time of year.
This time of year can become very stressful. It is important to make sure you rest and find time to recuperate from the craziness.
Ways to take care during the season:
Listen to relaxing play list (no holiday tunes)
Remember: one thing at a time, no rush.
The holiday countdown has officially begun. I am very much looking forward to all of the fun activities. I will count down to the holidays (Christmas and New Year’s Day) by journaling in my December daily journal, My daughter will count down with a wonderful advent calendar that my sister Allie and her husband Drew got for her. As a family, we will contribute to the December daily journal. I am looking forward to documenting our December with photos and journaling. I am not in any rush to count down the days. I am looking forward to making the days count, not counting them away.
I am very excited for the holiday season this year. I am prepared to journal and engage in a way that will be deeply meaningful. This year, more than any other year before, I am feeling the holiday spirit. My daughter is 6 and very excited about the season. I am wondering if her excitement is contagious. As I embrace this lengthy 6 week break from graduate school, I know my next semester will be quite rigorous.
I have been attempting to keep a December daily journal with my daughter for the past couple of years. These attempts have been inconsistent. This year I began working on our journal early. I decided I would use ring for easy addition of random paper and pages. I also started the December Daily journaling class by Ali Edwards. This preparation has given me the confidence to embrace this process this year.
I was concerned that I would find it difficult to choose topics to write about. I decided to take some time to sit down and prepare a prompt calendar for this undertaking. If you would like to share in my calendar I will include it here.
I am hoping to share every day and looking forward to all the December Daily journal pages being shared by brave journalers everywhere.