This year, here’s how to create a haven this Christmas as a gift for yourself … and your loved ones.
With songs like “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” playing about a dozen times a day this month, it’s almost impossible to not feel the pressure of Christmas.
The daily messages of What are you planning? What are you buying? What are you bringing to this party? What are you giving? build up into a frenzy until December, in fact, isn’t the most wonderful time of the year, but the most frenzied and stressful.
If you ever need a haven, now is the time. Yet creating a haven can feel like one more thing to add to a towering to-do list.
Stop. Take a breath. And transform your home with these 4 steps as a gift for yourself – or for the loved ones who live in your home and will gather in your home.
4 Ways to Create a Haven this Christmas
1. Put up Christmas lights.
If you already have lights up on a Christmas tree, use those. Or, hang lights somewhere in your home. At night, turn off the other lights in that room, and enjoy the magical glow of the lights.
Since the rest of your room is dark, it’s easier to forget about everything that “needs” to be done. (Especially if you can’t see it!) Take the time to just sit and think. Twinkling lights can help you look at life with a very different perspective.
2. Crank up the tunes.
Since you’re creating a haven and not a party, choose contemplative Christmas songs.
3. Add a holiday scent to your home.
If you have a diffuser, add some peppermint essential oil to set a cheery mood. If you prefer candles, burn a cheery red or green one. Or, make your home smell wonderful with an extremely simple simmer pot:
Orange Spice Simmer Pot
Fill a saucepan with water, orange peels, cinnamon sticks, and whole cloves. Simmer over low heat. Refill with water as needed (check and refill every half hour).
4. Grab something to drink.
If you’re a hot tea drinker, prepare a cup of flavored tea. (Especially at this time of year, chai’s my favorite!) Or, brew a cup of coffee. If it’s late at night, you may want to switch to decaf. Heat up a mug full of hot chocolate. Or, wind down with a glass of red wine.
Whatever your drink of choice is, grab a glass. You may be able to sit down and enjoy the atmosphere you’ve created, or you may need to quietly work around your home wrapping gifts or baking cookies or cleaning up after a party.
Whatever you do, turn off your electronic devices and wind down by taking in the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of this holiday haven you’ve created.
What are some things YOU do to create a haven at Christmas?
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