Update: The journal page in this post is no longer available for download. For a selection of free, printable journal pages, please visit my Printable Journal Pages collection.
I have to admit it, Christmas is a bit of a mixed bag for me. There are so many things to love about this time of year: the joy of the season, the company of loved ones, homemade treats and feasts, and goodwill toward all. But there are also the crazed shoppers in malls filled to bursting and the stresses of finding perfect gifts and cooking perfect meals and making sure that everything is perfect, perfect, perfect. And not to make light of the stresses, Christmas is a very difficult time for many.
I wasn't sure if I was going to mark the season with a special journal page. I didn't want to offend those who might celebrate differently than I do or not at all, for I know that Christmas is not a universal celebration. Most of all, I want this to be a place where we all feel welcome and appreciated and included.
I mentioned this to a friend who also has a blog and who also thinks a lot about the issues she chooses to discuss on her blog. I can't speak for her, but I think we both decided to put our thoughts out there, responsibly and respectfully, and just be happy about it already. Or something along those lines.
So, after this long introduction, I bring you my very first themed journal page. It's quite different from my usual fare -- not nearly as introspective and way over the top, design-wise. If Christmas stresses are getting you down, I hope this page will lighten your load.
And as a little gift from me to you, I'd be delighted to personalize your page -- right at the top there, so that the your journal stocking has your name on it. I've hand lettered mine, using type as a guide, and then coloured it red with one of my daughter's markers. (Side note: I'm still practicing my hand lettering and next year, with any luck, I'll be able to create some spectacularly original script!)
You'll find this week's Christmas-y journal page here. If you'd like your stocking personalized, just let me know in the comments or send me an email at christie (at) graceisoverrated (dot) com. Please be sure to tell me exactly which name you'd like to see and be sure to leave me your email address so I can send you the pdf.
Happy Wednesday friends!