My 25 day countdown to a happy Christmas challenge #1


An advent calendar with a difference…..

Week 1: Days 1-9

Do you have an Advent Calendar?  There seems to be a plethora of different types of advent calendars these days. It’s something I’ve never really done, but this year, for something different, I have joined with Sue at Sizzling Towards 60 and Beyond in her quest for a more relaxing and stress free countdown to Christmas.

She’s called it My 25 day countdown to a happy Christmas using the hashtag: #my25daycountdowntoahappychristmas on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

How it works

Every day Sue opens a new drawer on her advent calendar and shares the prompt inside with us.  We are then to take and share a photograph of something to do with the prompt. It’s been fun so far and I’m really enjoying the process of being creative, but then I do love a challenge!

Every week we will update our blogs with our posts for you to share the fun with us.  Feel free to join in!

Day 1: Reassess to reduce the stress

Reassess to reduce the stress

Reassess to reduce the stress

So for today’s prompt I found an old notebook and repurposed it for my Christmas lists and ideas.  I find that writing things down helps to clear my head and I must admit I do love a good list!

Day 2: Celebrate friendships

Celebrate friendships

Celebrate friendships

I caught up with my Book Club ladies for Christmas lunch today but this shot was taken just the other day with two good friends who also share December birthdays with me. Every year we try to get together to talk, laugh, reminisce and unwind before the silly season takes over.  We had a delightful long lunch and celebrated our friendship with pure joy and happiness.

Day 3: Deck the halls

JOMO

JOMO

My take on this prompt was a bit different but a good message nonetheless.  At this time of year we can get so caught up with FOMO (fear of missing out), that we forget there is joy in missing out too.  This is an excellent poem by Australian cartoonist Leunig about JOMO (Joy of missing out).

Day 4: Celebrate Traditions

Family tradition

Every year when we’re together at Christmas we try to play a game of Kubb, a Scandinavian game (and we also play cricket of course).  This particular year the girls were victors over the boys, so we were looking happy for a reason.  I’m always happy to spend time with my three daughters!

Day 5: Get Back to Nature

Get back to nature

After a lovely day of self care, a facial and a massage, I went for a quiet walk in the forest and paused to look around at what I often take for granted.  I’m so lucky to have this forest literally on my doorstep.  Today I crossed paths with a fox, kangaroos and beautiful parrots.  Also the pinecones added a nice Christmas touch.  Just a lovely walk and a wonderful way to de-stress at this time of the year.

Day 6: Memories of Christmas Past

These photos are from Christmas 2007 when our family met up and spent the Christmas week in the ski fields of Livigno in the Italian Alps, instead of our usual Australian summer spent at the beach.  There’s story there! These are fabulous memories and it was probably one of the best Christmas weeks I’ve ever had.  So much fun to reminisce.

Day 7: Don’t wrap gifts, wrap someone in a hug

Granny hugs are the best

How lucky am I to get Granny hugs and cuddles today while out Christmas shopping? I much prefer wrapping someone in a hug than wrapping presents – I’m a shocking wrapper!

Day 8: Embrace your creativity

Creative handmade markets

Spending time and $ at the Canberra Handmade Markets was a great way to embrace creativity today.  I may have bought this beautiful dress to celebrate the creative spirit within me (and my upcoming birthday).  So pretty!

Day 9: Do an activity that makes you feel happy

Well today was the perfect day for this prompt!!  I nailed this one well and truly 🙂

After cuddles with Emilia we went to the shops for some last minute items and my daughter and I had a pedicure (she got ruby red nails, while I went with sparkly gold glitter, because it is the sparkly season when all is said and done!).  I finally got to the movies and saw Bohemian Rhapsody – I loved it!!

The main reason I was in Canberra at all this weekend was to see Leigh Sales and Annabel Crabb do their Chat10Looks3 show, live on stage.  It was a fun filled few hours listening to them talk books, movies, TV shows and nonsense.   One of the highlights was their performance of another hilariously clever version of  The 12 Days of Christmas, with lots of references to current affairs during the year.  The whole evening was a hoot – they are so clever, articulate and interesting.  They were exactly as they sound on their podcasts, but better because they were sitting there talking to 1000 of us!!  I even wore my new dress 🙂

I know I am very lucky to have been able to do so many things that made me happy today and I am ever so grateful.

So that’s a wrap on the first 9 days of the #my25daycountdowntoahappychristmas challenge.  It’s always fun to see how others are interpreting the daily prompts. You can read Sue’s wrap up of her week 1 here.

De-stress

The whole idea is to take the stress out of Christmas and to enjoy the festive season and I’m all for that!

Are you feeling stressed by it all?  If you are, then take a few deep breaths and look at what you can do to de-stress.  Wishing you all the best.

Feel free to leave me a comment,  always love hearing from you and try to answer all your comments 🙂

Deb xx

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  One thought on “My 25 day countdown to a happy Christmas challenge #1

  1. December 10, 2018 at 12:36 pm

    This is such a great idea, isn’t it? I enjoyed looking at your photos and getting caught up on your advent progress. I got off to a slow start, but I’m going to jump in on Day 10. Better late than never. 🙂

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    • December 10, 2018 at 2:31 pm

      Thanks Christie, it’s been fun and not too stressful so far – that would be counter productive!! Yes join in, better late than never as you say 🙂 Looking forward to your posts.

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  2. Nancy
    December 10, 2018 at 12:41 pm

    I’m trying to follow along with Sue’s advent calendar as well. Day 7 was the best as my granddaughters arrived (with their parents!) for a weeklong visit. Lots of hugs!
    Nancy

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    • December 10, 2018 at 2:30 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Nancy. I’m so happy that you’re trying to follow along too. I can imagine how happy you were with your family’s arrival and all those hugs 🙂

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  3. December 10, 2018 at 4:02 pm

    So happy to have you join in Deb and I look forward each day to your interpretation of the prompts. I wonder what the next week will bring? Stay tuned 😊

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  4. Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid
    December 10, 2018 at 7:35 pm

    Looks like you’ve had such a fun few days and that dress is just gorgeous! This advent calendar is such a great idea!

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    • December 11, 2018 at 9:21 am

      Isn’t it fun Sammie? Just a different way to looking at things can help out. Thanks for your comment.

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  5. December 10, 2018 at 8:52 pm

    What a great lead in to Christmas and such a creative take on the Advent Calendar. Your first 9 days look like so much fun Deb. Hope the rest of the season is just as festive. Enjoy xx 🙂

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    • December 11, 2018 at 9:20 am

      Thanks Miriam, I’m trying hard to take the de-stressing thing seriously 🙂 I like the idea of a different sort of advent calendar, it’s fun. xx

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  6. December 10, 2018 at 10:51 pm

    What a lovely idea. I’m a December girl too Debbie. 29th! Great month. I was trying to decide which of your 9 is my favourite. But I love them all. Perhaps I’ll write a list of all the things I love doing and pick one to do every day.

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    • December 11, 2018 at 9:19 am

      Thanks very much Gloria! That would be a great idea to make a list and pick one to do every day. I’m having fun with Sue’s challenge and thinking outside the square a bit. So happy you enjoyed my photos in response to the daily prompts. 🙂

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  7. December 11, 2018 at 1:38 pm

    Hi, Debbie – I am so glad to see that you have joined Sue in this challenge. I love were it has taken you. I look forward to reading more!

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    • December 14, 2018 at 11:03 am

      Hi Donna, it’s been such a good fun challenge to do with Sue and it is helping me to think outside my normal stressy Christmas square. Thanks again for reading and commenting, I always love hearing from you 🙂

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  8. December 11, 2018 at 7:54 pm

    Wrap someone in a hug is my favorite. You will have a craxking christmas By the look of this post alone. X

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    • December 14, 2018 at 11:00 am

      Yes that’s probably my favourite one too if I’m honest! It will be extra fun having a baby around at Christmas time and will take our minds off our sadness somewhat. Thanks Ellen.

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      • December 14, 2018 at 10:22 pm

        I am sorry you have sadness💚 children lift it somehow; that is probably … the actual Christmas spirit.

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  9. December 12, 2018 at 1:45 am

    Wonderful idea Deb, much more fun than just eating a little chocolate each morning. Maybe if it was a big chocolate ……..

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    • December 14, 2018 at 10:57 am

      Yes I can’t eat much chocolate at the moment so this idea is much better for me. I’m enjoying it too.

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  10. Denyse Whelan
    December 12, 2018 at 6:51 pm

    Loved this…and only a little bit jealous about your Annabel and Leigh show. What a year you have had…downs I know but some wonderful ups. Really glad we have connected on line too! Thank you for linking up for #lifethisweek .Next week’s optional prompt is….wait for it…Christmas! 2nd last one for 2018. Denyse

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    • December 12, 2018 at 9:34 pm

      Yes, ups and downs, but that’s life isn’t it?? I am so pleased we’ve connected too denyse and I value your support and all you do. The show was really good 🙂

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