It's that time of year again -- December 1st marks Day 1 of Shimelle Laine's Journal Your Christmas online class/experience. For several years, Shimelle has offered an online guided art journal class centered around Christmas journaling prompts.
Journal your Christmas is an online class that helps you document the holiday season for you and your family. The class starts December 1st and goes through the 6th of January—the twelfth day of Christmas. Every day, you receive a prompt with a theme for that day’s page, writing to get you started and pictures of pages from a range of artists, all designed to let you decide if you want to take your time to make something original and from scratch or work quickly by borrowing ideas from others.
...once you join, you’re in forever. So you can join us this Christmas and make as many pages as you like without the pressure to try to finish everything in a limited time frame. Because next Christmas? You’re
still in, and you can add to what you already made. Some of the original participants are working on one album compiled over four years while others have made a new book every Christmas. Whatever works for
you is the key.
That automatic "once-you-join-you're-in-forever" is a good thing - I originally joined in 2005. I altered my journal cover and did Day 1 and Day 2. Then got caught up in ordinary life details. Last year I finished up on Day 2 in that same journal. I'm laughing at myself for how lame that is, but I know I'm not the only one. And not matter how lame it seems, just reading Shimelle's prompts, and checking out other people's journals helped me pay a little more attention to my own holiday season preparations and activities.
This year I'm not going to commit to completing all 30-something prompts. I know myself well enough. But I have gotten the journal out - that's something, right? I have strong hopes that just having it out on my desk will remind me how much I would like to do this, to just jot down some thoughts throughout the season.
Here's the dedication/introduction/manifesto I wrote in 2005: