My 25 Day Countdown to a Happy Christmas Over 50s Lifestyle

Week 1 #my25daycountdowntoahappychristmas

December 9, 2018
Week 1 #my25daycountdowntoahappychristmas

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.

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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.

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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

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Day 5 – Get back to nature and feel the earth beneath your toes

Week 1 #my25daycountdowntoahappychristmas

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

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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.

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  • Reply Sydney Shop Girl December 10, 2018 at 07:00

    Just beautiful and thank you for the reminder about wrapping people in hugs over wrapping gifts in paper!
    SSG xxx

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 10, 2018 at 08:44

      My pleasure SSG and yes wrapping my grandson in a hug was much better than wrapping gifts! Have a great week. xx

  • Reply Jennifer December 10, 2018 at 10:53

    Sue. While I haven’t been participating because of various time issues like moving and being sick…I have to say that I absolutely love this. Your videos are perfect and I enjoy getting to hear you from afar.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 11, 2018 at 06:04

      Hi Jennifer, I’m sorry to hear you haven’t been well and hope you are feeling better. I know the videos might be a bit over the top but I wanted to try to step out of my comfort zone a little and thought it was something different to the normal calendar challenges that we see. Take care and thanks for the positive feedback. xx

  • Reply Natalie December 10, 2018 at 11:08

    Hi Sue – You’re doing fantastic with your week #1. Nature, family, friends, and hugs are so much better than material things. Have a beautiful week!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 11, 2018 at 06:05

      Thanks Natalie, the first week of my countdown has been fun and I’m looking forward to Week 2. Have a lovely week and see you at #MLSTL. xx

  • Reply Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid December 10, 2018 at 13:41

    I love this so much! That picture of you is just the cutest and you haven’t changed a bit! This Christmas we’re all about experiences not things which means less stress and more time with the people that we want to be with, and of course, more hugs! I love decorating the tree, it makes everything (and everyone) feel so merry and bright!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 11, 2018 at 06:09

      Thanks Sammie! I had forgotten about that photo and it brought back lovely memories for me. It is such a magical time of year, especially if we forget the commercialism and just concentrate on family, friends and appreciating what we have. I totally agree about the Tree, I love decorating for Christmas and it does put you into the festive spirit. Have a fabulous week. xx

  • Reply Leanne | December 10, 2018 at 22:09

    I’m loving this series Sue – it’s so positive and upbeat – and it has the true feel of Christmas to it (none of the comercial consumerism that is everywhere). This little wrap up was a great idea and I think you’ve definitely started a new tradition in your household.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 11, 2018 at 06:11

      Hi Leanne, the idea morphed into more than I had originally intended it to be but you know me, I do tend to overdo things! Anyway I’m enjoying the series and yes it might become my December tradition and a link up for other bloggers to join in. xx

  • Reply Donna December 11, 2018 at 11:44

    Hi, Sue – I’ve been enjoying following you on this journey. These are excellent reminders.
    And Elliot is getting soooo big! I can’t believe it!
    Sending warm Christmas wishes your way.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 12, 2018 at 08:40

      Thanks Donna, I appreciate your support and following the series. I can’t believe Elliot is 6 months old already sometimes I wish we could stop time for just a little while. xx

  • Reply Denyse Whelan December 12, 2018 at 17:39

    Your little project for Christmas has not gone unnoticed by me but there are some days I have not been able to get right into it for all manner of reasons.

    The photo of you with Santa in B&W reminds me that our parents brought us from Wollongong to Grace Brothers at Broadway for Santa Pics but I have no idea where they would be now. To celebrate my teeth I got a photo with Santa at the local shops – free just BYO camera/phone.

    Thank you for linking up for #lifethisweek .Next week’s optional prompt is….wait for it…Christmas! 2nd last one for 2018. Denyse

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