The Yule-tide season oughtn’t be just about giving gifts to others. Why, we might want to be a bit self indulgent. Lord, I think we have all spent enough time learning from society that it isn’t about us, and that we should just give, give, give to others. I don’t know about you, but I think I deserve a little treat now and then. I work hard, love hard, and I should treat myself as I would treat a small child in my home. With comforts and love abound. Here are just a few ideas to make the holidays at home sweet.
#1 If you have a queen sized bed, splurge on king sized sheets. Even better, get those glorious plush, micro-fleece sheets. Soft, comforting, and enough leeway to share with your partner. Curled up under warm sheets pulled to your chin (a treat when you are as tall as I am) and still have your feet covered is indeed heaven.
#2 The Christmas tree is magical. Treat it as such. Twinkly lights, memories in ornament form, the smell of pine if it is a real tree, and the tall evergreen monument in the living room for but a month is a joy to have. Pull up a rocking chair and opt to sit in it a few minutes with the lights on morning and evening. A cup of coffee or tea, a magazine or book. Perhaps a little music. Magic.
#3 Treat yourself to smoothies whipped up with fresh vegetables and fruits in the morning and a glass of fresh pressed juice before dinner. You will infuse your body with a great number of nutrients and fiber and perhaps won’t eat so much of the not-so-great foods. Eat well.
#4 Use a vaporizer that has a little well for essential oils. Lavender reminds me of my favorite places in New Mexico and lulls me to quiet sleep. Pine invigorates and smells of holidays and forests. Find your scent (and your moisture).
#5 Stretch gently in the morning. Or vigorously. Yoga and meditation is beautiful. Prayers said while lighting candles is healing. Remembering our loved ones is essential. For all those passed and those that are here helping us along, be grateful.
# 6 Add 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon to coffee before brewing. Add a cinnamon stick to a cup of hot tea. (It stabilizes blood sugar tastes great.)
# 7 Write love letters to those near to you. Then write a love letter to yourself. I dare you. You will feel awkward and giddy the entire time you write your missive to yourself.
#8 Say no. Stay in. Watch silly Christmas shows and movies. Drink hot cider and eat popcorn and a few cookies. Snuggle on the couch. Look at the stars for a moment before darting back into the warm house. Start a fire. (That has several meanings.)
#9 Start planning your year to come. Dream. For dreams cannot possibly come true if we don’t dream and plan them first.
#10 Love you. Merry Christmas to you. All the magic in the world is at your fingertips. you can make anything occur. You are made perfect, look perfect, are perfect. Just love you.
Cheers, Friends. Time to light the Christmas tree and candles. The sun is sloping towards the west. I hope you are enjoying your season so far.