I have never been so excited for the first day of November because I can now start talking about BLOGMAS. If you are not part of the blogging community, blogmas is when bloggers share a Christmas-related post every day of December leading up to Christmas Day. In preparation, I was reading through blogmas post ideas and found that the lists are more or less the same: Christmas gift ideas for him/her, Christmas cookie recipes, DIY Christmas decorations, favorite Christmas music/movies, and so on. I know I’m not the only blogger knee deep in blogmas preparations so I wanted to offer some original ideas for those of you struggling with the last few posts. In the spirit of the twelve days of Christmas, I bring to you twelve original blogmas post ideas. I hope you find some inspiration below and if you do, be sure to let me know so I can read, comment, and share your posts!
1. Attic/Basement Christmas Finds
If your family is anything like mine, you may have an attic or basement (or both, oops) that is filled with more than you know what to do with. Challenge yourself to spend a full day searching your own house for everything and anything Christmas-related, and post about your finds! You may already have more than enough Christmas candles and napkins, and that unopened board game could just make the perfect gift for your nephew.
2. Gift Opening Story Time
Ever watched your sister open the most beautiful doll house from your uncle and you sit there wondering why that same uncle bought you sweatpants and socks? Or maybe you opened a gift from your mom with a dozen lace thongs and all you can focus on is the awkwardness between you and your dad? Whether you have a story of jealousy, embarrassment, or something completely different, let’s hear it.
3. Ugly/Weird Christmas Decorations
Do you have a box of Christmas tree ornaments that never make it onto the tree? Or a bag of hideous lights that you refuse to hang? Showcase your ugliest and/or weirdest Christmas decorations that you have collected over the years and for some odd reason, you just can’t get rid of.
4. The Dreaded Christmas Activity
Do your parents make shoveling the driveway on Christmas morning a family affair? Do you have to attend the annual Christmas Eve dinner and make small talk with extended family for hours on end? Or worse, does your grandmother put you on dishwashing duty afterwards? The holidays aren’t all fun and games but you’ll most likely find that you’re not the only one dreading certain activities.
5. Spill the Deets on Your Christmas Tree
Somehow, my family is always the one running around a couple days before Christmas to find the ‘best of the worst’ tree. I have learned to like the feeling of taking home an ‘ugly’ tree that otherwise wouldn’t have had a home over Christmas. Maybe you can relate, or maybe you put up a beautiful tree on the first weekend of December. What do you look for in a tree? Short and chubby? Tall and thin? We want all the deets!
6. The Truth About Santa
There comes a time when you have to face the reality that Santa Claus doesn’t exist. Maybe you remember the day when you yourself learned the sad truth, or perhaps your children came home from school one day asking if it was true – share the story. If the secret isn’t out yet, share some advice for young parents to help them keep the fantasy alive for their children as well.
7. Let’s Talk Stocking Stuffers
Stocking stuffers can be such a hit or miss. Maybe you are on top of the game and have a list of useful stocking stuffers to share. Do the contents differ drastically from year to year or do you more or less fill them with the same things? I know I’m always sure to find chocolate and a new toothbrush (thanks mom) somewhere inside of mine.
8. Volunteer During the Holidays
With all the hype around the holiday season, it’s easy to forget that not everyone has food to eat or presents to open come Christmas. Find a place in your community to volunteer at and write about your experience, maybe it will inspire others to do the same. If you are unable to volunteer yourself, share a list of places in your city that need a helping hand and encourage your readers to do some good this year.
9. First Christmas Planning or Advice
A first Christmas can mean a lot of different things – a first Christmas in a new country, a first Christmas with a new boyfriend, a first Christmas with a new baby, a first Christmas without a loved one you recently lost, a first Christmas in a new apartment or house. If you are currently going through a big life change or have experienced one in recent years, share how you are planning for it or advice on how others can make this ‘first Christmas’ a successful one.
10. Christmas Day From Your Pet’s Point of View
I live in a household with two dogs (Cody and Daisy) and two cats (Chester and Cinnamon) – while Cody sniffs all the stockings for treats and Daisy claims her spot on the couch, Chester thinks the tree is decorated with cat toys and Cinnamon chews through all the ribbons on the gifts under the tree. Do you have pets of your own that seem to love Christmas as much as you do? It might be fun to write (and read) a post from their point of view.
11. Interview Your Family
Christmas means different things to different people and often changes with each generation. Write down a list of questions about the holidays and conduct a short interview with your closest family members. You might just learn a thing or two about your family and your readers may gain a new perspective on the Christmas season.
12. Christmas Through the Years
Dig up old Christmas photos and videos and share them in a post. Everyone loves looking through baby photos and watching old family videos. Oh and if anyone else’s parents had them sing “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” on video to send to their grandmother, my brothers and I would love to see it.
I hope you found these helpful! Remember, if you happen to use any of these ideas, be sure to let me know so I can read, comment, and share. And don’t worry, Cody and I are not disappearing for the rest of the month. While blogmas preparations are in full swing, we will still be blogging weekly and Instagramming (is that a word?) daily throughout November, so be sure to follow us @juliaelizabethblog and @codythecabinpup if you’re not already 🙂 Happy almost blogmas!