{Joy 2012} Planning Ahead

Hello Friend,

It’s no secret that Christmas is my absolute hands-down favourite time of year. Even in March I find myself constantly daydreaming about the festive season and all the magic that will unfold. It is strange then, that every year I get to the middle of November and realise there is no way in the world I will be able to set into action all the plans I have for cooking and sewing and building and magic-making.

Pin | Original Source (Wishful thinking Christmas Postcards by Lisa Stubbs)

So this year, I have decided to outsmart the clock, and I am going to be working on some of my Festive Ideas every month, with the idea being that by December I will be a more sane and relaxed person, who is actually able to enjoy the magic of Christmas without constant 2am bedtimes and crazy rushing about.

Here’s a little list of my goals for 2012…

  • A special family advent calendar… in a similar vein to this lovely one by Jordan from Oh Happy Day.
  • Christmas sewing projects, including new dresses and pyjamas for the girls.
  • A little nativity we can set out with the girls during the first few days of December.
  • Although I haven’t  decided what exactly, I think we will strive again this year to make most of the girls presents handmade, so a few big projects and some little handmade goodies are on the list, too.
  • I plan to participate in the Sew Funky Christmas Ornament Swap again this year, so I want to get a head start on these and make a few more decorations for our family collection.
  • I’d like to sew some heirloom Santa stockings for the girls… they type we would hang from the mantle – if we had one!
  • A festive wreath for our front door.
  • Christmas baking: pavolvas, mince pies and stollen.

If you feel the same way, and you’re sick of Christmas and chaos going hand-in-hand.  Maybe you’d like to make Christmas 2012 more relaxed and be more present, perhaps you’ll join me. Every month on the 25th, I’ll be posting about what I’ve accomplished during the month, and what my plans are for the month to come. If I can work out how to do so, I’ll also set up a flickr group for those who would like to post some photos of their festive projects.

PS.  the very cool vintage stamps I used on the banner for {Joy 2012}  are from Dishy Vintage.

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2 Responses to “{Joy 2012} Planning Ahead”

  1. January 25, 2012 at 7:36 pm, Megan said:

    I am so with you on this Hana- every year I have these grand plans for christmas making and I end up stressed out and down at the shops buying a lot of stuff I don’t even think is that great but I’m usually at desperation stage by then! I really want to make an advent calendar like the one you linked to as well so I need to start that early. And really keen to give handmade gifts and start these early too. Looking forward to reading your posts!


    • January 30, 2012 at 3:33 pm, Hana said:

      Thanks so much Megan – I totally hear what you’re saying about the desperation purchases! Every year I succumb to at least a couple of those – hopefully this year will be different! Fingers crossed.

      H xo


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