It is almost December and already the feeling of Christmas is in the air! Shopping centres are decorated and Christmas music is playing. I have even seen Santa and we aren’t finished with November yet!
With this feeling I’ve also noticed people looking stressed already as they prepare for the Festive Season and what should be an enjoyable time.
I was talking to a friend the other day who was stressing about Christmas and I thought how sad it was that we feel pressured at a time of year when we should be feeling happy.
If you read my blog, you will know that since returning from Japan, I’ve let life overwhelm me. In particular, the project of decluttering and preparing my MILs home for sale early in the New Year.
Christmas time is my favourite time of year.
I love everything about it and especially having our family Christmas celebration where the grandchildren open their Santa Sacks and we have all our family together for probably the only time each year. This year we are actually hosting two functions one on 23rd and one on 25th December.
I want to enjoy this magical time of year with my family, especially the grandchildren and friends. However, like many of you I don’t want to feel worn out by the time the Festive season arrives.
Whilst discussing how I was feeling with my daughter, we came up with a new twist on using the Advent Calendar. Instead of the 24 days of Christmas as the theme I will be using the Advent Calendar for the 25 days of Happiness.
I’ve never had an Advent Calendar but I found the perfect one at Target. I love the design and it will become a keepsake for me to use each year. Perhaps I will make the 25 days of Happiness my own Christmas tradition.
How will it work?
Each day starting December 1st, I will open my Advent Calendar and discover one thing to do that will make me feel less stressed, happy and sometimes just whimsical.
Some things might only be small that I can fit into my day and still continue with life, but for at least a few moments each day I will be putting the focus on my health and wellbeing by doing something that brings me happiness each day.
This is not a challenge but rather an exercise in making time each day to focus on myself , whether it is five or 30 minutes.
Won’t you join me?
I would love you to join me so I’ll be posting each day on Instagram (here is my link https://www.instagram.com/sizzlingtowards60andbeyond/) and in my Facebook Group, Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond – Let’s Thrive! . The idea is just a quick post with the theme of the day plus I’ll also be updating my progress each week on the blog, including photos.
I know I could give you the theme for each of the 25 days now, but isn’t it more fun and exciting to find out when I open the drawer each day?
Let’s give the gift of joy and health and well-being to ourselves during this magical time of year!
If you join me you could also post your photos to Instagram and use the hashtag #My25daycountdowntoahappychristmas