Self Care Christmas Day 12: Have a Christmas Movie Night Off

It’s halfway through Advent: you’re driving the family wild with the list of things you have to get done, work is winding up or down (depending on the office) and you just want to escape. You don’t care where. Just to escape. Now is the time to take the evening off, with or without the rest of the household, and have a movie night. Get … Continue reading Self Care Christmas Day 12: Have a Christmas Movie Night Off

Self Care Christmas Day 11: Create a Seasonal Hygge Nook Just For You

When I look back at Christmas past, it strikes me that I do a lot of my Christmassing through the medium of films and books. I may never experience deep snow, but I know what it’s like because I read the Little House Books. I have never spent Christmas being held hostage by a mad German terrorist, but Die Hard has shown me that it’s … Continue reading Self Care Christmas Day 11: Create a Seasonal Hygge Nook Just For You

Self Care Christmas Day 9: Have a Little Women Christmas

Have you ever read Little Women by Louisa May Alcott? It’s one of my favourite childhood books, mostly for the fact that the main heroine has my name (or I have hers) and I longed to live in Orchard House in the mid-Victorian era. BBC have a new three-part adaptation on over Christmas, so do lookout for it in the schedules.It will be lovely to … Continue reading Self Care Christmas Day 9: Have a Little Women Christmas

Self Care Christmas Day 8: Make a Ritual out of your To Do list

Christmas is basically one great list, isn’t it? In my planner I have shopping lists, present lists, house decorating lists, even a list of lists in case I get lost! I think my to do list is the longest one. It’s got such top choices as ‘clean the downstairs loo’, ‘mop the kitchen floor’ and ‘change the sheets’ on it alongside more familiar Christmas items … Continue reading Self Care Christmas Day 8: Make a Ritual out of your To Do list

A Self Care Christmas Day 7: Music is the Memory of the Soul

Put on Your Favourite Christmas Music and Dance to it. I don’t know about you, but music and Christmas are inextricably linked. I have songs that take me right back to the Christmases of my youth, ones that place me on the dance floor as a curly haired teenager at too many turkey dinners and those that have come along more recently. The link between … Continue reading A Self Care Christmas Day 7: Music is the Memory of the Soul

A Self Care Christmas Day 6: Tea As Meditation

Find your favourite hot drink and sip it slowly to relax. Self care for me, as I get older, has become less about looking like a million dollars (the eyebrows, the legs, the right clothes) and more about feeling relaxed, in control, planned. Christmas time for most people is about as out-of-control as it can get, so anything that lets you grab back a feeling … Continue reading A Self Care Christmas Day 6: Tea As Meditation

A Self Care Christmas Day 5: Fill the House with Seasonal Scents

We’re back to scent as a powerful stimulant to memory here. I bet you can get just one sniff of a familiar scent and be transported back to a time or place. For me, it’s a sweet-floral perfume called Normal Hartnell’s In Love. My mother loved it, and used it every time she was going out. This was back in the 1970’s, early 80’s. It … Continue reading A Self Care Christmas Day 5: Fill the House with Seasonal Scents

A Self Care Christmas Day 4: Christmas on the Computer

Change your Computer Wallpaper and Phone Lockscreen for something Seasonal and Inspirational. It’s a fair bet that you will be looking at your computer, phone, tablet or other electronic device for some period of time over Christmas. It only seems reasonable to make that as Happy Christmas as you can. Why not find an image of Christmas that speaks to you (holy or unholy, modern … Continue reading A Self Care Christmas Day 4: Christmas on the Computer