Gosh, December is here! Despite working on Christmas since August (!), It has still sliiightly shocked me with it's very here-ness; but in a good way. Like an unexpected visit from a beloved friend you haven't seen in ages. As per previous Christmases, I am still more excited than my 4 year old about all that this magical month holds.
December means glorious sunrises and sunsets, feathery frosts, glitter, shimmer and flickering candle light. It means stars and moonlight and making and merriment. It means people we love and time off work. We’re all feeling pretty excited.
1) Enjoy the sunrise and sunset
Hopefully, you've all noticed already, but winter is a wonderful time to truly appreciate the glory that is a blazing sunrise or sunset, at a time when most of us are still out and about. Take a few seconds to breathe it in next time you find yourself in the middle of one.
2) Go star and moon spotting
Similarly to No. 1, we get to experience a lot more of the night sky in winter and it can be very very beautiful. I am learning more about the moon cycles and wish I knew more about astronomy, but even without that knowledge, I still gaze upward in wonder every day.
3) Create a reverse advent calendar.
I talked about preparing for advent last month, and blogged our experience based advent calendar last week. But I came across the idea of a reverse advent recently, loved it, and have started a box of things to donate. More info here.
4) Do some gentle making
If you're a maker like me, then Christmas can end up being a big stressy list of things to make: Christmas cards, wrapping, presents, food, decorations, wreathes etc etc etc and it can become unenjoyable and fraught (been there too many times!) So try to limit what you make and really enjoy the process. Wreath making has been that thing for me this year. Soothing, easy and non pressured making is the key!
5) Take a long hot bath
This is blissful all year but especially in winter. Such a simple way to show yourself some love. Light candles. Chuck some epsom salts and essential oils in. Put some music on. Let the hot water soothe your muscles. Float and breathe.
6) Light the candles at breakfast.
Another sweet way to make dark mornings a little more magical.
7) Nest and hibernate
This one is staying on here throughout winter. Don't fight your bodies natural desire to hibernate! Embrace it. Take action, however small, in your home to make it a cosy retreat. I'm having another mini round of decluttering, piling sheepskins and blankets everywhere, and lighting candles everywhere I go.
8) Eat good, whole, hearty food
December can be a huge sugar fest, so make sure you are balancing all the sweet, rich food with simple hearty healthy food that will help your body fight off cold and flu germs. Think lentil soup, warm salads, and juices and smoothies.
9) Be selfish....
Taken from last month but more important than ever: Do something this month that makes the busy festive season easier for you and your family. Decline an invitation you don't feel thrilled about, say no to excessive travel, reduce your present buying list, say no to that request from school or work that's stressing you out. You don't have to say yes.
10) Celebrate the Solstice on the 21st.
Put the date in your diaries and do something to celebrate the shortest day of the year; and the fact that we’ll enjoy more light from this point. We’ll be making ice votives and having dinner with friends.
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