That Christmas Feeling

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For many of us, Christmas is a time to let go. A time to forget about deadlines, eat without guilt, drink without judgement, and spend quality moments with our favourite people. Each year Christmas rolls around quicker than the last, and before we know it, amidst the blur of tinsel and wrapping paper, that nostalgic smell of pine, the belly laughs and family arguments accompanied by ALL THE FOOD, suddenly…it’s over.

Why exactly does the Christmas period feel so good? We look forward to it all year and then it’s over before we can say “pass the turkey.” As (most of) the world collectively celebrates with the shock of decorations showing up in supermarkets as early as August, with over-the-top light installations electrifying our eyeballs in front yards, and with December becoming such an incredibly busy (and silly) time to buy presents - Christmas is still an exciting time and jeez, it feels good.

The reason Christmas, or the festive season, feels so good, is because we are momentarily part of something bigger than just ourselves. We are thinking of what to buy for Kris Kringle, what to make for Christmas lunch, who we are seeing over the festive period and just how busy this month has become! Usually by the time Christmas Day is upon us, we are pretty exhausted. But the show must go on…

Christmas really signifies a time for reflection, for growth. For connecting with each other and ourselves. For looking back at the year and being proud of our achievements, however big or small. Knowing you are brave for getting through this year. Feeling gratitude for the year that lies ahead. While parts of the year are characterised by the seasons, the months, the weeks that bring us change - let’s make Christmas this year less about the presents and more about your presence.

Christmas isn’t a season. It’s a feeling.
— Edna Ferber

Here are a few things you can do a little differently this Christmas to be more present: 

  1. Give the gift of words. “People may not remember exactly what you did, or what you said, but they will always remember how you made them feel.” Fill a Christmas card with words you have been meaning to say to someone you love. Go on, I dare you.

  2. Get the kids involved in making presents. Delve into the recycling box and get crafty! A good way to encourage some creative thinking and teach kids about upcycling.

  3. Wrap presents with old newspapers. It’s better for the environment and helps spread the sustainable word to a captive audience :) Also, if you’re on the receiving end, keep used wrapping paper for next year.

  4. When buying gifts for children, avoid plastic as much as you can (I know it’s tough) BUT wooden toys are an awesome eco-friendly alternative and offer plenty of learning opportunities. (They make less noise too :))

  5. Give more hugs. People don’t hug enough and Christmas is the perfect excuse to get up close and personal with someone who deserves a squeeze.

P.S. Our present to you this Christmas - the gift of education! We are offering our readers a lovely big Christmassy discount on our Risky Play e-course by The Outdoor Educator. For just $99 (usually $147), it’s all yours before Midnight on Christmas Eve! 

Find out more at www.theoutdooreducator.com/christmas

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