Firstly, we acknowledge Christmas is unique for everyone.
Some will not celebrate because they can’t afford to, are in grief, are on their own, have work commitments or belong to a culture that does not celebrate it.
To us, Christmas is not so much about the day as it is about a season; a time to be generous and grateful as we highlight here.
Yes our list is not like other Christmas checklists that may make you feel like it's all too much, all too hard.
We don’t want to leave you feeling stressed or overwhelmed, but rather excited and at ease, thus our list only has eight things on it.
Let's get started.
When we say ‘teacher gifts’ we mean gifts for anyone who has taught, mentored, trained, coached or counselled you throughout the year.It could be your child’s fifth grade teacher, a sports instructor, a team leader or a spiritual guide.
We believe thanking those who help us up, and help us out, is a tradition that should be fully embraced. The gift you give depends on who your teacher is, however, we suggest you do a little digging to find out what will make them feel truly seen and known.
Advent calendars are fun and generate excitement. A few minutes on pinterest and you will discover all kinds of cool ways to create a unique advent experience. We suggest you fill your calendar with not only special small things but also games, craft ideas, jokes, letters of encouragement, challengers and memories of beautiful things you have experienced together throughout the year.
If that sounds like too much work and effort, purchasing a calendar is the way to go. You can spend anywhere from a few dollars to a few hundred dollars depending on your budget and who it is for.
You may feel like organising a Christmas day outfit is not a priority, yet we know how looking great can make us feel. Buying something special is a great gift to give to yourself. Pair it with beautiful Christmas jewellery and you're all set to enjoy the day to its fullest.
You don’t need to stick to traditional colours or patterns, just select something that is comfortable and makes you feel your best.
Before the big day, put some thought into how you can make your family and friends feel a sense of joy and peace when in your home. Christmas is the best when we are found in environments that feel safe, loving and where there is a sense of wonder. We love the thought of mixing special sentimental pieces with fresh new styles.
Remember you don’t need to spend a lot of money. Little things like wrapping all gifts in the same coloured paper, lighting Christmas scented candles, displaying Christmas photos of years gone by, and playing new Christmas albums can make a big difference.
Surprising your loved ones with little token of love and appreciation throughout the day will not only bring them delight, but will create a Christmas they will remember forever. What you do and how you do it depends on age and temperament. Make it personal, creative and unexpected. Think about what you could give, do or say that would turn a sometimes predictable day into something memorable.
Christmas can be a time of great sadness for the elderly, sick or lonely. Checking on neighbours and distant family can be a great source of comfort. When possible, send a card or gift, invite them to sit at your table, tell them you’ll call or FaceTime on the day, organise for them to go to a charity Christmas lunch or simply take a moment to wish them Merry Christmas. It is not your duty or responsibility to look after them, it is simply kindness.
It is important to acknowledge that it is not up to you to fulfil everyone's expectations, not even your own. There is a 100% chance that the day will not go perfectly. Take moments throughout the season to calm and centre yourself. Decide that whatever happens, you are going to remain fixed on the meaning of the season.
Often on Christmas, women give more than they get. Generally we are the ones thinking of all the things, going the extra mile to make the family feel full and happy.
Although there might be a gift of two under the tree for us, we think it's a good idea to spoil ourselves. Ask what you can do for yourself to make Christmas great for you.
Giving to yourself is a sure way to make you feel good when what you do goes unnoticed or feels unappreciated. If you like lovely things check our range of beautiful Christmas pieces in store.
Featured photo by NORTHFOLK