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.
The last few years have been difficult for everyone with Pandemic lockdowns cancelling Christmas and Family Festive activities for many.
Although here is Queensland during November we were warned about Stage 4 Wave of COVID and urged to get our boosters and wear masks, fingers and toes are crossed that everyone will still be able to get together with loved ones and celebrate the Festive Season.
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.
A few years ago, whilst discussing my countdown idea 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. I have now made my 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 Instagram) and in my Facebook Group, Women Living Well After 50 . 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!
Join me you and post your photos to Instagram or social media, tag me and use the hashtag #My25daycountdowntoahappychristmas You don’t have to participate every day just when you can.