Christmas Countdown Day 18 Connect to Nature

In Florida we are blessed to have the sunshine and warmer weather all year round.  Yes it is true we get acclimated to the warm weather so when the temperature gets to 60 degrees we will be running to get our Florida winter gear while our counterparts up North are wondering why we are so cold when it is a balmy 9 degrees and snowing in places like Michigan and Chicago.

But today it is not about the weather, it is about getting out and about no matter where you are  even for a few minutes in those cold spots. If you are in a cold climate, bundle yourself up and sit on your lawn chair.  It is very easy to stay inside and say that it is cold and you have too many things to do to get caught up before Christmas, but fight for your peace.  Sit quietly outside and watch the snow fall, the rain fall, the sunrise or the sunset, whatever you enjoy.  Close your eyes and for a minute think about all the blessings that you have been blessed with this year.  If you are a person that prays, take a moment and thank God for those blessings and then think about how you can bless someone this Christmas with a gift of comfort, food, donation or just a simple I am thinking about you. This will bring you inner peace to help you get through the rest of the holidays but most important give you encouragement to work this time in to your daily routine throughout the year.

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Christmas Countdown Day 17 Scent for Company

With so many allergies these days that people have it is difficult to have company sometimes and wonder if you should burn that favorite candle that you have or whether to forgo the candles this year.  Here is a simple recipe for making the house smell great besides the smell of fresh-baked cookies which nothing can top that!

Add a tablespoon of each herb to 2 cups of water, simmer it on low heat in an old pan, but do not let it get to a boil:

Dry cinnamon, bay leaves, sage leaves, rosemary and lavender.

This recipe of natural scents will put anyone in a festive mood without causing any allergic reactions to people.

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Christmas Countdown Day 16 Missing Family

This time of year can be very happy for many and sad for others and the seasons change based on what is happening in our lives.  Some have suffered the loss of a family member by death, others suffered divorce or loss of a relationship, friendship or family that drifts away.  Whatever the situation may be,  it is a loss that brings sadness to our lives.  Some families do not have financial ability to have a “good Christmas”.  Define ‘good Christmas,” is it presents, fancy decorations, big fancy dinners, or vacations?  For most of us, those things would be nice, but the reality is we all long to be loved unconditionally and to receive the greatest gift of all, to have someone special in our lives that will just spend time with us and love on us.  Many families have arguments during this time especially families who are divorced because each parent wants their child with them for the holiday and when we look around the child is the one affected at the end.  Later on these children grow up either resenting Christmas or really embracing it, it all depends how they perceive it.

This Christmas, let’s make it a conscious effort to set aside our disagreements, love on family and friends a little more and if we can give a tangible gift that is great, but if we cannot, then a heartfelt card that comes genuinely from your heart will go a long way. Remember those that are elderly and those that are missing a loved one this year.  It is not easy because that person is gone forever and although their memory lives on, the gap in our heart is always there as we miss them.  If you have your loved ones with you, hug and kiss them a little longer and make memories that you can treasure always because tomorrow is not promised and we should not live with regrets in our lives.  Forgiveness is not always easy, because we have to be humble, but at the end, you will be a much better person for it.

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Christmas Countdown Day 15 Stress Relief

With only ten days left till Christmas, it seems impossible to get everything done in time.  Everyone has to work, kids are finishing the last few days of school, the house needs cleaning , family is coming, last minute gifts have to be bought and some have not started their shopping at all.  This sounds like a moment for  a bath salt commercial!!  As you have been reading the Christmas countdowns the last 14 days, they have all been about enjoying the Christmas season with family, friends and making time for yourself to recharge your batteries.  It is easy for all of us to get wrapped up in this busy season.  Let’s take a moment to make a list and see what you can organize to get done in a timely manner.  Think of where you need to go after work, during lunch and in between to get it all done without creating you more stress.  It is hard to get organized sometimes with all the demands but it can be done when you have a mission and a plan to get there !

Happy Organizing!

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Christmas Countdown Day 14 Comfortable Soles

Christmas shopping can have your feet barking at the end of the day.  It is important to wear comfortable shoes or sneakers that will protect you feet from the stress of walking to fund that ultimate perfect gift.  When you get home, take a moment to soak your feet, once you do that then you can wrap a towel  around one foot and grab both ends of the towel, then pull your toes towards you for 15 seconds, then release it.  Do this until you feel the soreness go away on each foot.

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Christmas Countdown Day 13 Laughter

There is nothing like a good belly laugh to help you feel the joy of the season any time of year but especially during Christmas!  So this Christmas turn on some of your favorite holiday movies and enjoy more laughing it will do your health a world of good!  Some oldies are Home Alone 1 and 2, The Santa Clause and The Most Wonderful Time of the Year , enjoy some laughter!

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