Have you written little bits of your Christmas season over the years?
I know that I’ve completed three December daily projects and a dozen other Christmas layouts. They are all so lovely to look back on, but in terms of a cohesive story? A little lacking.
I figured that this year, I’d continue on the same path, telling prompted tidbits of my Christmas in 2013.
Then I heard about Debbie Hodge’s new class Your December Story.
The idea of having a complete story intrigued me… and I had to know more.
I got a peek at “Your December Story” and I’m giving away a free pass
I checked out lesson 1 of Debbie Hodge’s Your December Story this weekend, and I want to tell you about the class and give you a peek at how it’s inspired me. And I’m giving away one pass to the class. (If you already purchased the class, you’ll get a $24 gift card good for any other GIS/MSD classes.)
Your December Story is shaped around the Hero’s Journey
This December, like Dorothy dropped into Oz or Alice tumbled into Wonderland, you will receive a call to adventure. You will move from the ordinary world into a one of magic and tests as the holiday season arrives.
Many of the most-loved and best remembered stories play out in a story form described by Joseph Campbell as “the hero’s journey.” This class has prompts and page ideas for visual storytelling that have you telling Your December Journey, from the heralds, to the challenges, mentors, special tools and the return to the known world and what you take forward.
You can take the journey and get a $10 gift card . . .
but only through midnight Wednesday, November 20th. When you purchase “Your December Story” by midnight PT, Wednesday, November 20, you also get a $10 gift card that you can use for Get It Scrapped and Masterful Scrapbook Design classes. Click here to purchase Your December Story and get the $10 gift card.
My Take on Lesson One
I’ve loved working my way through Debbie’s first lesson in Your December Story. I found the lesson a fascinating introductions to the Hero’s journey and Debbie has used literature and art to inspire our memory keepingh. Though I’m usually not at a loss of what to say the guided writing is such a a joy – I found it quick and easy to finish addressing the prompts while waiting for the next hospital visit. Yes, that’s right. Hospital.
I thought that originally I’d be telling the story of a humdrum month leading up to Christmas, but in actual fact it’s been nothing of the sort. Read on to see what’s really taken place for us in November.
I’ve tried to tell a visual story about Emily’s journey this past month, but I’ve also included our family’s usual November.
You can take a look at how my pages are coming together below. I say coming together, since I may end up tweaking them a little. Right now I have literally answered the prompts and used them with little editing or story arc, at least on the first page. But that’s the beauty of digital – I can, and often do, go back and make changes before I print.
Page 1: Here in Australia, the Melbourne Cup heralds the beginning of the Silly Season. Universities finish up for the year, and people enjoy the first tastes of hot weather. I personally enjoy writing our family letter, designing our Christmas card and running through the shopping list for Christmas. We organise who, what and where for the many events in December. Truly though, my central activities are the same, just caring for the children, attending events with Phill (when I’m invited BHP!) and trying to NOT overload our December with too many events, cards and gifts. My daily joy is hearing Emily and Edward laugh. When we moved into our new home Phill mentioned how he likes to be sure he’s heard them laugh each day, and now I try to do that too. I also love to take time to snuggle with each one. My daily challenge is not taking on too much. This year we’ve dropped ballet for both of us girls and pilates for me. Phill isn’t playing netball. In November, and throughout the year we keep family our priority: Phill, Emily and Edward. With extended family and life group close behind. Usually early signs of Christmas were the music for the Christmas carols, but this year that is absent! 7 years on I still miss being involved in Carols.
Page 2: This year nothing has been as planned. Edward was the first to fall prey to the dreaded lurgy suffering a mild cold on the 31st of November, which turned into laying down on the floor and falling asleep by Monday morning. He was diagnosed with bilateral ear infections. Emily woke Monday morning with a swollen neck and we spent the afternoon at the GP, then Emergency at Joondalup. Two weeks, three ultrasounds, two days in Hospital at home, five antibiotics, four cannulas, seven nights in hospital, seeing over 20 doctors in 14 days. Then, finally, the surgeons were able to drain the abscess. Now that Emily is almost ready to leave hospital, little Edward has the sniffles. So off to the Doctor again we go…
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Put your name in the drawing to by using the Rafflecopter – leave a comment telling me what or how you hope to document this December. I will draw the winner on Thursday, November 21, 2013.
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