I’ve rewritten this blogpost three times already. And that doesn’t usually happen, but this time there is so much I could say, so much I’d like to share. From brilliant recipes to self care on Christmas day. From unrealistic expectations to avoiding Christmas panic and stress. But after going through all these ideas, thoughts and advice I wondered… It made me think about the meaning of Christmas. For you, it might be something religious or it might be unwrapping thoughtfully bought presents, or maybe it’s just about you and your family being together. Or all of them. Or none. Maybe you’re excited and can’t wait to wake up on Christmas morning. Maybe Christmas stresses you out or it’s hard for you, because you’re alone or this year’s been hard. Whatever mindset you’re in, we’d like to wish you a merry Christmas. Or a happy December 25th.
We hope that Christmas day will, in any way, shape or form, be bright. It’s not about the perfect presents, the perfect dinner, or the Pinterest-worthy decorations. It’s about celebrating, about being together with friends, family, others, taking time for yourself, about focussing on what’s important in your life. And if life’s hard and your not up for any festivities, try to find something positive about the day (or cuddle up on the couch with a warm blanket, a cat and a hot chocolate).
Have yourself a merry… slow Christmas:
- Go on a walk, spend some time in nature. Alone, with friends, with family
- Reach out to someone else, be a friend
- Spend time together in the kitchen: enjoy the food!
- Put away your electronics, spend time with those around you
- Less is more, don’t overdo it. Hey, it’s okay if your tree isn’t Tumblr-worthy
- Tell stories, share memories and make new ones
- Put on some Christmas music, get off the couch and dance
- Make it hygge, light some candles and gather around the fireplace
- Try to be mindful, savour the moments, make the day enjoyable
- Tell your loved ones you love them. And love yourself!
May December the 25th be merry and slow!