Saturday, December 1, 2007

A Different Kind of Countdown

The December 2007 issue of Better Homes and Gardens has an article entitled “Healthy You: Countdown to Christmas.” Each day as we count down to Christmas, I’m going to follow their advice and see how that works in terms of finding simple enjoyment and sanity during this season—as well as minimize holiday-induced stress.

Behind each door of my advent calendar is a slip of paper I’ve made bearing each day’s healthy mandate from the magazine article.

Today’s task is to start a tradition. Slowing down Christmas is going to be our new tradition.

December is a hectic month and activities get thrown onto our schedule willy-nilly. We end up exhausted and wondering where the month went.

There was a program on National Public Radio (NPR) yesterday that discussed holiday stress and how to handle it. I learned that we have to make time to decompress as opposed to trying to find time—as that won’t ever happen.

Calendar template purchased from The Vintage Workshop.

This morning my husband and I are reviewing our December calendar as it stands right now. We will consider the invitations and event notices currently residing in an untidy heap on the kitchen counter and let go those things that aren’t necessary in order to make time to slow down and savor the season.

Making mindful decisions each Dec. 1 is a new tradition we believe will help us achieve a healthier balance in the wildness that has become Christmas time.


Rosie's Whimsy said...

Good Advice! I know each year it seems this month just flys away and, boom, it's January.

Storybook Woods said...

Oh yeah it is December 1. I think I will pull put on of our Chocolate cherry fruitcakes for breakfast !!!! Have a lovely weekend Clarice

homespun living said...

I'm also striving to make Advent a peaceful and special time. I am famous for trying to do too much, so I really have to rein myself in :)
That's a beautiful December calendar template!


Yummers! said...

I think you just gave us some very good advice. I love to savor each moment of December... the 'getting ready for Christmas' is such fun. Being retired will allow me to get everything done at an easy pace. The major project I'm in right now is turning my scrapping room into a sewing room. I have such a mess at the moment... but it will all get straightened out and I'm going to love it.

Thanks for the email!

a pink-bee said...

What a great idea! I am trying to make it more simple and fit in the things that mean the most :)
Have a Happy weekend :)

Thimbleanna said...

I'm catching up on blogs today Junie -- I've enjoyed reading your last several posts! Love your little advent calendar. Sorry about the scarf, but like you say, at least you know he loved it. I started an Irish Hiking scarf after seeing them on your blog and I'm really enjoying it -- I'm surprised at how fast it goes!

Gumbo Lily said...

Good ideas for slowing down this December. I'll look forward to hearing your thoughts as you work through it day-by-day.

We begin Advent tomorrow (Sun) which is a decision... to slow down, listen, pray, and gather together as a family to meditate on the true meaning of the season, the Christ of Christmas.
Merry Christmas Season, Junie!


Carol said...

When I am spinning out of control I come here and feel calm. Borrowing calm from you is the best I can do at this point in my life...thanks for that :)

meg said...

This was just the reminder I needed to sit down and actually read this month's BHG. Now that's my kind of countdown (and it was a nice way to spend the afternoon, curled up with a pretty magazine)! Thank you for the heads up.