Photo Prompts for January

Are you ready to start 2022 with photos? If you are looking for inspiration, check out the following photo prompts for January.

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  1. New Year’s Day! Celebration or relaxation.
  2. Selfie
  3. Resolutions
  4. Time
  5. Outside Your Window
  6. To The Left
  7. Paths
  8. Low Light
  9. Signs
  10. Silhouette
  11. Colors
  12. Bokeh
  13. Black and White
  14. Sunset/Sunrise
  15. Photoshopped
  16. Small
  17. Large
  18. Up High
  19. Landscape
  20. Cityscape
  21. Clouds
  22. Skyline
  23. Dirt Roads
  24. Nature
  25. Similar
  26. Opposites
  27. Sepia
  28. Street
  29. Friends
  30. Family
  31. Photographer’s Choice

Enjoy your first month of 2022 in photos!

Journal Writing Prompts for the Christmas Season

Do you want to add some Christmas entries to your journal? Christmas is a magical time of year. Writing about your current and past Christmas seasons is a great way to preserve your memories. If you need inspiration, check out the following journal writing prompts for the Christmas season.

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  1. How do you plan to spend the holiday season?
  2. Create a holiday bucket list. Add at least 10 activities.
  3. Describe what Christmas means to you. Go into details.  
  4. What Christmas traditions did you have growing up?
  5. Do you still incorporate any of those traditions with your family or friends today? Why?
  6. What new Christmas activities do you plan to try this year? Why?
  7. What is your favorite Christmas memory from childhood?
  8. What is your favorite Christmas memory as an adult?
  9. What do you feel was your worse Christmas? Why?
  10. Write a letter to Santa Claus. Yes, you as an adult write a letter to Santa.
  11. What is your favorite Christmas song? Why?
  12. What is your favorite Christmas show? Why?
  13. Write an A-to-Z list of everything Christmas-related. It’s harder than you think.
  14. How do you plan to give back to the community this Christmas?
  15. I love the holiday season because______________________. Free write your answer for at least 15 minutes.
  16. What was your best Christmas gift as a child? As an adult?
  17. If you were granted 3 wishes for Christmas, what would you pick? Why?
  18. Have you ever peeked at a Christmas gift for you as a child? Or an adult? What was the gift?
  19. What are you most thankful for this Christmas season?
  20. If you could give a Christmas gift to your community, what would you pick?
  21. Today is the first official day of winter. How does winter add to the Christmas season?
  22. Do you attend church services regularly or attend Christmas related services? How does your spiritual beliefs help you celebrate the Christmas season?
  23. What are you hoping to see over the next couple of days when celebrating Christmas?
  24. Christmas Eve! What do you plan to do?
  25. Merry Christmas! Write about your entire day.
  26. Did you go shopping for the day after Christmas bargains? Or spend the day just relaxing?
  27. Write about your best and worst New Year’s Eve celebrations.
  28. As a child, did you celebrate New Year’s Eve as a family? What did you do?
  29. Write about your Christmas season. List the highs and lows.
  30. Write about 2021.
  31. Happy New Year’s Eve! What are you plans?  

Self-Care Ideas for January

Self-care is essential for your physical and mental health. The winter months, social distancing, and other stressors make self-care a priority. Check out the following list of self-care ideas for January.

  1. New Year’s Day! Time to relax and count your blessings.
  2. Take a long nap or sleep in.
  3. Stay hydrated. Winter months are a perfect time to try herbal teas or other hot beverages.
  4. Indulge with a long hot shower or a bubble bath.
  5. Go on a nature walk.
  6. Write in a journal.
  7. Call a friend or your grandma.
  8. Write letters or thank you notes for holiday gifts.
  9. Go for a drive.
  10. Listen to loud music.
  11. Start or return to your exercise routine.
  12. Organize a portion of your living space.
  13. Meditate or pray.
  14. Get crafty.
  15. Spend an afternoon with a good book.
  16. Bring out your inner child and color in coloring books. Some of the adult versions are very interesting.
  17. Build a snowman.
  18. Go outdoors and take photos.
  19. Splurge and order pizza to go.
  20. Unplug from your electronic devices for an hour, an afternoon, or the entire day.
  21. Do a random act of kindness.
  22. Try a new recipe.
  23. Eat your favorite food.
  24. Buy yourself something. Warm, fuzzy socks are perfect for cold winter days.
  25. Make a playlist for quiet moments or bedtime listening.
  26. Binge-watch your favorite series.
  27. Drink hot cocoa with lots of marshmallows or whipped cream.
  28. Pamper yourself with an in-home spa day.
  29. Make a fruit smoothie.
  30. Create a vision board.
  31. Watch the sunrise or sunset.

Ways to Celebrate Winter Solstice

The Winter Solstice officially occurs on December 21, 2019, at 11:19 pm EST. In the Northern Hemisphere, the astronomical event marks the first day of winter. Knowing as the longest night of the year, the day marks the return of the light. Slowly the days will grow longer and the night shorter.

How to Celebrate the Winter Solstice

People around the globe celebrate the Winter Solstice in many ways. If you are looking for simple ways to celebrate the start of the winter season, consider the following:

Go for a Nature Walk

Even if the sun is starting to set, go outdoors.

  • Dress appropriately. Remember to wear layers to keep warm.
  • Carry your cell phone, but put the device on vibrate.
  • Use a flashlight if needed.
  • Remember to walk in a known location for safety. Walking on a familiar path is essential if the sun is setting.

Go to the Library

On your walk or car ride, go to your local library to check out books about the Winter Solstice. Some quick title suggestion includes:

Your local library, online shopping center, or bookstore has numerous books related to the Winter Solstice.

Eat 

Combine your Winter Solstice celebration with your dinner. Host a special family night, or invite friends over to join you. Some basic ideas include:

  • A hearty Winter Solstice Soup to help you stay warm.
  • Swedish Saffron Buns or create bread in the shape of the sun to welcome back the light-filled days.
  • Mulled Wine, Hot Tea, or Egg Nog
  • Winter Salad
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Butternut Squash
  • Bake a cake in the shape of a Yule Log
  • Use nature and winter-themed items to decorate a cake.

Feed the Birds 

Long winter nights mean less available food for birds. Add extra seeds to your bird feeder. Or decorate a tree with edible food for the birds to enjoy.

Make Nature Crafts

Use items from your nature walk for crafting. Pine cones, small twigs, or acorns are perfect materials for wreaths and other nature-inspired crafts.

The Winter Solstice is a once a year event. Even if you just decide to curl up under a comforter with a good book, take a moment out of your busy work, school, or holiday schedule to celebrate the longest night.

 

 

 

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