Jennifer’s 12 Days of Christmas Album

In 2010, our staff participated in Ali Edwards’ December Daily challenge. Thinking I couldn’t commit to an “every day of the month’ adventure, I opted to make three 12 Days of Christmas books—one for each of my college-age children {see last year’s three albums here, here, and here}. They were an overwhelming hit and so began a new tradition for my children. This Thanksgiving, I give them a handmade book to begin reading on December 1. Each day contains a handwritten note from their dad or me. The note might be a pearl of wisdom or a personal thought meant just for them. It’s a way to keep them close at heart, even though they are all away at school. For all of them, it sees them through the stressful finals week and hopefully lets them all know how much they are loved and how proud we are of them. I wasn’t sure if this year’s book would be a welcome surprise or not…but I’m happy to report that Thanksgiving Day they were all smiles when they saw their 2011 books. Here’s a preview of my son’s album.

Last year’s books didn’t have photos, but this year, I planned ahead with a theme in mind. I confess, I have a fascination with hands. I love to look at people’s hands and I am constantly amazed at what they show about a person. Perhaps it is because I am a maker of things, but when I think about the power to create that each person possesses in their hands, it inspires awe. To that end, I took photos of my children’s hands (telling them it was a project for work), their grandparents’ hands, and their parents’ hands. On various pages, those photos are used throughout the book.


See the rest of the book here.

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  1. [...] Jennifer introduced us to one of the special albums she made for her son. (See the post here.)  Here are the details and supplies she used in the [...]

  2. [...] See the hands picture from Jennifer Keltner below. She used hands as her inspiration for an entire album. See the album here. [...]