Everyone is always busy at this end of the year (including me!), so let’s make this December edition a bit shorter…sharper….and with some festive and holiday ideas to help you crawl toward the end of 2012. [grin]
LET’S START WITH GREETING CARDS
The cardboard ones are still popular, but there are heaps of other options these days. They do the rounds so you may have come across some of these already….but bear with me. 😉 If you want to send a video (with a personal greeting) showing your home surrounded by gently falling snow, you just have to check out ItsaMessage…it’s cool! 🙂 For lots of singing and dancing, try Elf Yourself or JibJab (scroll to the bottom for the freebie). Animoto is another option.
A NICE MESSAGE
This video is actually an ad, but it has a lovely message, so stop for a minute and just enjoy:
FOR ALL THOSE HOLIDAY SNAPS….
Instagram is a very popular app these days – you simply take a picture, choose a filter to turn it into something that looks reeeeally professional, then post it up or share it via Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr etc. Great for all those photos you’re going to take on Christmas Day…you know, the one of Uncle Bob asleep in the chair, or Aunt Maud getting just a wee bit tipsy. [giggles] If you’re new to Instagram, I’d recommend the Beginners Guide to Instagram.
AMUSING CHRISTMAS LINKS
Maybe you’re looking for something to amuse the children…or maybe you want to embrace your own inner child.:-) Regardless, you might find these a bit of fun! Start by knocking up some 3D snowflakes to decorate your home or office. The Official NORAD Santa Tracker is a must visit, and maybe it would be a good idea to check what Santa has recorded about you in the Naughty or Nice Register [wags her finger]. Or sneak a peek on the Santa webcam to see what he is up to! (Wait a bit…he does come into the room) [chuckles]
HOW TO PHOTOGRAPH XMAS LIGHTS
I love seeing Christmas light displays, (OzChristmasLights will let you know where to find local displays) however photographing them isn’t easy…I know, I’ve tried! [rolls her eyes]. But then I came across How to Photograph Christmas Lights and my pics are at least a little better. Here’s a similar tutorial…pick which one works for you.
YOU’LL NEED A CALENDAR FOR PLANNING 2013….
There are heaps of printable calendars on the internet, all ready to download for that important planning session. I quite like the WinCalendar however you might find something more to your liking on this Pinterest pinboard where you’ll find a collection of different links which others have ‘pinned up’. If you’re interested in Pinterest (pardon the pun 🙂 ) then this Tutorial Guide to Pinterest might be useful.
For those long, lazy summer days ahead, knock up a crossword for a family member with EclipseCrosword or a wordsearch with Puzzlemaker. Maybe enjoy a relaxing afternoon with one of the free jigsaws on Jigsaw Mania. If you feel like you’ve never got time to catch up on your professional reading, you could always build a small library of ‘articles I should read‘ with eReadUps, and then work through them. On second thoughts, forget the work! Download yourself some fiction from Free e-Books and just relax!!!! [big grin]
ARE YOU FLYING OUT FOR CHRISTMAS?
Just imagine, you’re sitting at the airport gate, waiting for your plane….and this happens:
That’s it…I’m off for Chrissie drinks! I hope you all have a wonderful, relaxing break and enjoy some time with family and friends. See you back here in 2013!