Links will go live only when the scheduled post has been published. Day 1: Anticipation and Preparation Day 2: Conflict, Anger and Strength Day 3: Acceptance and Peace Day 4: Joy Day 5: Contentment Day 6: Love Day 7: Renewal and Cycles Day 8: Consumption and Indulgence Day 9: Creativity Day 10: Community and Belonging Day 11: Minimalism and Simplicity Day 12: Celebration and Tradition … Continue reading Mindful Christmas 2021: The Posts
Friday 26th November, and I’m in work. Storm Arwen is bashing the door, pelting the office with hail and making me wish perhaps I wasn’t due to go collect lunch today. Never mind: I have my candle, my aromatherapy diffuser and my little Bob Cratchit stove at the ready, so perhaps I’ll hunker down, keep doing the work and hope that Arwen passes by before … Continue reading What’s my Christmas this year going to be? Mindful.
Way way back in September I had a moment of inspiration: I saw Under the Rowan Tree’s excellent Advent Journal box, and loved the idea, but in the spirit of creativity decided that I would take the same amount of money (£75) and create my own reuseable Advent box. I wrote about being inspired to create the box, about deciding on the mindful words to … Continue reading My Advent Journalling Box: Completed
River Cottage has always had a reputation for being ecologically aware, country-based and very proud of local food and customs. I know I’ve enjoyed watching the series, because the situation is about as far away from my modern, suburban house as I can imagine. I’m not a gardener, I don’t keep lifestock and I have every shop I need close at hand. That said, the … Continue reading Book Friday: Christmas at River Cottage by Lucy Brazier
Some weekends are made for quiet pootling, just a little shifting of location or a shuffle through some magazines. Others are made for having a list and checking it twice. In my determination to have Christmas sewn up, wrapped and ready to roll on December 1st, I’ve been getting a few things ready steadily during the month. Readers will remember that I’ve been making an … Continue reading December Journalling Prompts.
November is a bizarre month in so many ways. It’s easy to overlook it, given that it’s bookended by the manic partying of Halloween at one end and the month long celebration of Christmas at the other. I suspect Americans have it slightly better, given that there is the chance of Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday of the month if they celebrate it. In the … Continue reading November: A Busy Month of Nothingness. Yet We Pause and Remember.
The Ber months are my favourite. I love this time of year, with autumn and winter bookending Christmas in a festival of good times, good friends and good memories for the future. I love living in the moment, of course… but that doesn’t mean I don’t spend a fair amount of time getting things ready for Chrstmas. The preparation for Christmas, to me, has always … Continue reading Once November hits… it’s a steady slide into Christmas!
I have a massive apology to make here. In Monday’s post, I listed Advent by Anja Dunk as one of my Advent books, the small volumes I wrap and give myself on the Sundays of Advent. That was written at my desk in the office, where I do most of my writing and without all of the books actually being present in front of me. … Continue reading Book Friday: Advent by Anja Dunk (Festive German Bakes to Celebrate the Coming of Christmas)