Week 1 of My 25 Day Countdown to a Happy Christmas was a great start to the month. I am also happy that many of you are participating with me either on Instagram or Facebook.
As I mentioned in my post My 25 day Countdown to a Happy Christmas, this fun way to use my Advent Calendar is all about enjoying the lead up to Christmas and the Festive Season. Who wants to be a grinch because of stress?
Let’s see what I got up to during the last week. Don’t forget if you blog you can link up at the end and share your photos and how you interpreted the daily video prompts.
Day 1 – Reassess to Reduce the Stress.
A surefire way to reduce stress leading up to Christmas and the festive season is to have a plan and avoid over-committing yourself. For my Reassess to Reduce the Stress I have my calendar and trusty planner from @kikki.k to help me. I’m prioritising what I need to do before Christmas and what can wait until the New Year. Plus I’m making a list and checking it twice just like Santa. My lists will keep me organised and ensure I don’t forget anything or anyone!
Day 2 – Celebrating Friendship.
Christmas and the festive season a special times that we can share with our friends and appreciate our friendships. What a fantastic way to celebrate my friendships at our Annual Saturday Sisters Champagne Brunch. My Saturday Sisters are the ladies I run with and we have been having an annual Christmas breakfast for the last few years. Friendships are so important to a healthy and happy life.
Day 3 – Deck the Halls & Decorate
I love putting up the Christmas tree and decorating my home however this year we are renovating so I’ve found some inspiration from my two darling grandsons who helped Mummy put up their tree and decorations. I’ve also enjoyed watching my MIL help to decorate the Christmas tree at her aged care home. Both of these certainly put me in the spirit.
Day 4 – Celebrate Traditions
Day 5 – Get back to nature and feel the earth beneath your toes
It is so easy to get caught up in the hurly burly of preparations for Christmas. Taking time out to appreciate nature and just enjoying your surroundings can help reduce stress and bring peace.
Although it was cloudy it was lovely to take time sit back and enjoy nature so close to the city. Living in Brisbane, the River City has beautiful areas by the river. Today I chose the base of a Kangaroo Point cliffs which is literally a 5 minute walk from where I live. Can you see my friends the bush turkey and lizard?
Day 6 – Remembering Christmas Past
I’ve had some lovely times at Christmas during my life and it is good to stop and reflect on Christmas as a child or a Christmas that has special memories for you. I was looking back at my photos of when I was a child. Don’t you love the shoes and bow on my hair?
My Mum and Dad didn’t have much but they certainly filled our house with love and happiness especially at Christmas time. I always think of my Mum and Dad at this time of year. They both passed away over 30 years ago but are always in my thoughts. I remember one year they gave me a tape cassette player and recorded a message from ‘Santa’ plus they sang White Christmas by Bing Crosby. Each time I hear that song I am reminded of them.
Do you have a special Christmas that you remember?
Day 7 – Don’t wrap gifts, wrap someone in a hug
Is there someone in your life who could do with a hug at this time of year? Perhaps you just want to show your love with a hug. It is a good time to stop and forget about the Christmas wrapping and the hustle and bustle of the year. Make sure those around you are feeling good and if you know someone who needs a hug or maybe you just need to ask them if they are ok. Mental health at this time of year is very important as some this may not be a happy time of year as what they would like.
I wonder what next week will bring? Feel free to join in at anytime or just follow along. Let’s replace stress with happiness and enjoy this magical time of year.