Christmas of Hope 2020: Start With a Clean Slate

Happy Birthday to Beethoven! 250 years old today, and still looking absolutely fabulous on it! Today’s post is focusing on boosting your physical environment ready for Christmas. Today and tomorrow are just long enough away from Christmas itself to not yet have you completely in the holiday spirit and close enough that a darn good clean now will see you through until post-Christmas, when a … Continue reading Christmas of Hope 2020: Start With a Clean Slate

Christmas of Hope 2020: The Greatest of These is Charity

Charity is the act of extending love and kindness to others unconditionally. It’s a good thing: it makes us altruistic, encourages us to think of others and helps us also to see how lucky we are (to appreciate our privilege). In modern translations of the Bible, St Paul writes in his letter to the Corinthians that And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. … Continue reading Christmas of Hope 2020: The Greatest of These is Charity

Christmas of Hope 2020: Jacob and Robert Marley Make My Day.

On December 11th 1992, a film was released in the US that wasn’t expected to do too well, just get a tidy sum from parents treating children to an afternoon at the cinema around Christmas. Reviews were mostly positive, some said there was too much talking for a children’s movie, others that the songs were clunky and tuneless. I’m with Anthony McGlynn of Screen Rant, who called The … Continue reading Christmas of Hope 2020: Jacob and Robert Marley Make My Day.

Christmas of Hope 2020: Start a New Craft

The benefits of crafting to mental health are well known… indeed, as Mind’s Crafternoon on 5th December set out to show, it boosts self esteem, it creates positive neural pathways and it generally takes absolute concentration to learn and perform a craft. Today is about considering what craft you’d like to learn in 2021 and setting the wheels in motion. It takes 10,000 hours to … Continue reading Christmas of Hope 2020: Start a New Craft

Christmas of Hope 2020: Give the Gift of Self Care to a Friend

I know if you’re reading this blog that the words ‘selfcare’ will not be a mystery to you. You know that five or ten minutes out of a busy life to appreciate a well made cup of coffee, look at a tree, rub beautifully scented handcream gently into dishwasher hands can add grace and gratitude to a busy life. Today, I’d ask you to think … Continue reading Christmas of Hope 2020: Give the Gift of Self Care to a Friend

Christmas of Hope 2020: Channel the Spirit of St Nicholas

Yesterday was 6th December and so, officially, St Nicholas’ Day. However, it was Advent Sunday so I chose to concentrate on that instead. I can’t remember (from my dark past as a Catholic) whether the Advent Sunday takes precedence over the Saint’s Day, or indeed whether St Nicholas still remains as a Saint in the pantheon of the Church. Who cares? St Nicholas still remains … Continue reading Christmas of Hope 2020: Channel the Spirit of St Nicholas

Christmas of Hope 2020: Advent 2, a Time of Love

The second candle lit on my advent wreath. I’ve had this wreath for 23 years now, and can remember the exact day I bought it. I was pregnant, expecting my first baby, and attending the last official event I would ever attend as a full time teacher: Founders’ Day Service at the private school I taught at, held every last Friday in October at Liverpool … Continue reading Christmas of Hope 2020: Advent 2, a Time of Love

Christmas of Hope 2020: Laugh Well

Have you ever had one of those absolute moments of laughter when you lose control of your body? Shoulders shaking, sides aching, head thrown back, tears streaming from your eyes, absolute release of every energy in your body moments of laughter? They happen so rarely in our lives, and are so precious when they do. Laughter acts as a perfect release for so many emotions: … Continue reading Christmas of Hope 2020: Laugh Well