It’s 14 days from the Solstice and 17 days from Christmas. Soon kids will be on Holiday and a week or so after adults will be taking seasonal leave as well.
So before the actual countdown begins, here are some ideas for the 12 days of Happy Holidays.
1: First day of the countdown!
Make an advent calendar with your family and friends. Make one for your pet too. And if loved ones are too far away, make yourself a great one to boast about online! :p
2: Last minute presents.
Forgot to get anyone gifts? Packing stockings? Better go out and do some shopping sooner rather than later.
3: Cards for everyone.
Whether they’re traditional cards, ecards or handmade cards, try and get a festive message ready for everyone you love.
4: Seasonal music.
You’re absolutely justified in putting seasonal music on by now! Make a full playlist of your favourite warming, spiritual, Wintery or Christmassy songs and play it until you’re sick of it.
5: Light a fire.
There’s something lovely about a warm fire when it’s cold outside. Or a flaming BBQ when it’s hot outside, for those in the Southern hemisphere! Light a fire, a bbq, a candle, anything. Put a decorative fake fire on if you can’t light one.
6: Decorating time!
Any decorations you haven’t got out yet, get them. Any you haven’t put up, hang them. Any you want, make or buy them. An afternoon crafting and decorating the rooms artfully or as a family can be a peaceful experience.
7: Paper baskets and treats.
An alternative to a stocking for neighbours and dinner party guests. Pick some great seasonal colours and weave paper baskets to fill with candies, trinkets, messages and confetti. Top with a grab big curly ribbon bow.
8: Meal planning.
You almost certainly have a good idea what you’re making, but sit down and work out the prep and cooking times for everything and check the ingredients’ lists.
9: Stock up.
Anything you haven’t already got, go out and get it. Don’t plan anything else today. Take it easy. Enjoy the shopping. Separate yourself from the anxious crowds.
10: Baking day.
Rather than bake and cook on the same day, take a whole day to bake biscuits, pies, tarts, cakes and anything else you fancy. Remember to store everything well so it won’t go stale!
11: Be grateful.
As you welcome friends and family into your home, as someone fusses over their food, as a kid breaks an heirloom, as the roast catches fire… be grateful you can have this time. If you’re on your own, have a good meal and call friends and family. Remind yourself that you are loved and needed, whoever you are.
Enjoy yourself. Cleanup starts tomorrow. Eat, drink, be merry. Pray. Play games. Get drunk. Sing carols. Eat too much. Dance. Read. Do whatever makes you happiest.
What are your plans for the twelve days leading up to your holiday, then?
TTFN and Happy Hunting!