Wednesday, December 2, 2020

December Joys

Time to post a list of Joys for December - some of them are activities, but, a few are also simply things that bring joy to me:

1.  A warm house
2.  Cozy knitted blankets and throws
3.  Homemade soup
4.  December Monthly Photo Mini Challenge
5.  Winter decorations
6.  Look forward to my daughter's planned visit home for the holidays
7.  Make/send some holiday greeting cards
8.  The Winter Photo Scavenger Hunt
9.   Knitting
10. Hot cocoa
11. Bake a pie
12. Make a special cake with daughter when she comes down for the holidays
13. Winter gardening
14. Enjoy some candle light in the evenings
15. Make a list (of holiday gifts to give); check it twice!
16. Make holiday gifts to give
17. Drop off gifts (since we will not be visiting in person)
18. Bake cookies
19. Watch holiday specials on TV
20. Listen to holiday music  
21. Play the piano (carols) 
22. Sing some carols
23. Play a board game
24. Watch Midnight Mass from the Vatican
25. Spend Christmas with my daughter
26. Winter flower arrangement
27. Make some candies
28. Bake some bread
29. Learn to bake scones
30. Annual year end almsgiving (done a little differently, this year, since donations will be sent to the Temple in lieu of holding it at home)
31. Celebrate New Year's Eve

I am listing 31 joys for the month.  Not sure if I'll do them all, but, I am looking for a joyful December!

How about you?  Will you be joining me in engaging in joyful activities this month?  


  1. I have lots of joyful activities planned for December. Christmas will inevitably be different this year but there is still plenty to look forward to and to enjoy.

    Is your daughter travelling back home with her friend? I hope your plans work out and you get to spend time with each other.

    1. Yes, my daughter is hoping to be able to come down with her friend, provided travel restrictions in the county her friend lives in are eased up! If she is able to come down, that would be lovely. If she isn't able to visit, well, as the song says, "we'll have to muddle through, somehow" (the words of the song Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, as sung by Judy Garland in the movie "Meet me in St. Louis"; the lyrics were changed afterwards, as they were deemed too gloomy!)

  2. On a small scale, I try to find something to smile about every day. It may be sunrise, a good cookie, or a comedy on TV. However, I do want to sit down soon and think about what special things I want to do that only happen this time of year like driving around to look at lights. This is already turning out to be a big year for people decorating their houses.

    1. Driving around to see the lights is something I considered putting on my list, and then, I reminded myself that I don't like to drive at night, anymore! I hope your list includes making a snowman! :)

  3. That sure sounds like a joyful month to me!

    1. Thank you, Martha. I am going to do my best to make it a joyful month! :)

  4. What a lovely list! I'm trying to be cheerful but I always find this time of year a struggle when I'm so far from Mum. All the songs about being home for Christmas and that. Sigh. I am going to focus on the positive.

    1. (((HUGS))) Sharon. It's not easy, is it? Yes, focus on the positive - what you do have and what you can do. :)

  5. Some lovely activities to look forward to, and I'm looking forward to you sharing them with us. X

    1. Thank you, Jules. I will share them as and when I do them. :)

  6. It will seem strange not to read about all your preparations for the Almsgiving, but we can hope that you will be able to host it next year.
    My joyful activities today were feeding squirrels and blue jays (as usual), going into the church for a while, and making a Christmas swag for the front door.

    1. Yes, it feels strange not to be getting the house ready, etc., but, I must admit that it is a lot less work, this way!

      Sounds like your day was full of joy. I made a batch of jam to give as gifts; it took a lot longer than I thought it would, but, I listened to Christmas music while I made the jam. :)


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