Do it your way –
Feel free to adopt fun new traditions from friends and family or even films. Look at how you spend Christmas and decide which are your favourite traditions and keep those. Ditch anything that isn’t fun or that you don’t like or doesn’t feel right.
This is a big one for me right now. Our kids learn so much from how we behave and respond in different situations. We shape our children’s view on the world and how we speak and behave becomes their inner voice. Do they see you spending hours on end stressing in the kitchen over food or do they get to spend time with you watching a movie with popcorn or playing a game? When they look back on the Christmas’s of their childhood do you want them to remember a home filled with stress, arguments and resentment or kindness, compassion and love?
With the current climate on all things environmental (pun intended) slogans like reduce, reuse and recycle are everywhere. This year, think about being more thoughtful with your gifts. Take time to do something together, invite friends over and make them a meal, take kids to a museum, give the gift of your time.
As one very musical queen once said – Let it go – there will always be someone who can cook better than you, get bigger gifts or party more than you so don’t even sweat it. Do what you want to do, how you want to do it, with the people you want to do it with.
Raise a toast or place a special decoration on the tree for those that aren’t with us anymore, not to be sad, but to give us a chance to remember the good times and be grateful for the people we have loved along the way.
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