Posted in Christmas, creating success, preparing for Christmas, wellbeing

Christmas Decor

This lady has a very calm, reassuring voice but she also has some good ideas for Christmas. Since she is so relaxed, there is no sense of panic! I am about to get my home decorated for Christmas and I do that in a big way. I love my home to look Christmassy and anyone who visits appreciates it and understands that Christmas is important to me. It’s has always been about appreciating people and valuing them. It has always about being festive and sharing meals. It has also been about being calm and having time out in what has become a busy, frantic life for people. I always want my home to be the place where they feel they can just stop and relax at Christmas. For that reason I pay a lot of attention to how it looks because it is something which diverts and involves others. It adds to their well being. This video has given me a fresh look at my decor and what I might do and I appreciated the fact the video just talked us through some approaches.

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Christmas Craft

I probably should have found Kaboose earlier because it gives you all the instructions so that your children can make this lovely advent calendar. There is a printable version of the picture. The site has numerous activities and ideas for Christmas and all the hard work and planning are done for you. I have bookmarked it for next year ! The site itself is very family oriented and has so many practical ideas for activities and food for parents and children. It is not just a Christmas site. It is a site designed to support you and your family life. Well worth a good look.
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Avoiding asthma over Christmas

The National Asthma Council spokeswoman Kristine Whorlow says many people don’t know that the humble Christmas tree can also be an asthma trigger.

Yes, Christmas decorations can contribute to asthma symptoms and feeling of discomfort in those who suffer from asthma and I guess the stress would be a contributing factor two if your Christmas is created in a stressful atmosphere. Trees can harbour dust, they can give off odours if they are fresh and then there are the perfumed candles and incense which people have for atmosphere. I learned two years ago that even just having the candles in the room without lighting them can cause attacks. I am now more mindful about what I have in my main gathering area. I also make sure people know they can tell me if some perfume or smell is affecting them. It is important just to make it a conversational approach so that no one feels they have to put up with things.
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Christmas Spirit

People are everything. Christmas is my time of the year to thank people I value in my life. Those people who give to me daily and , sometimes, year in year out. I love thinking about them and making an effort to thank them in some kind of personal way. It is not always about presents and it is not always about grand words. I have just finished decorating my home and there is a nice feel in the air this Christmas. Everyone has been very friendly and helpful at the shops but even other customers are just chatting away in a pleasant manner. I am looking forward to preparing the food and have been scouring magazines and recipe books to get ideas. I love that part. In the end I may not make everything I have book marked…but looking for the ideas is part of the journey in terms of preparing a lovely meal. Cannot wait!@