Tips for creating a calm, simple, peaceful Christmas.

Christmas can be a tough time for families. It can bring up so many memories, some beautiful, some not-so-much. If your past Christmases have involved awkward family clashes, it’s going to be really important to carve out a strategy for maintaining your peace of soul during this special time. For yourself but also for your kids and for the way you want them to remember a family Christmas.

Here’s your gentle reminder that:

  • You don’t have to do all the things, buy all the presents or cook all the turkeys and fruit cakes. You can opt for cold meat, salad and everyone brings a plate.
  • You can give your time, your attention, your support instead of a physical gift.
  • You don’t have to defend, explain or justify anything that someone else disagrees with.
  • Relationships are more important than issues. If there’s a hot topic that gets everyone riled up, you don’t have to go there. Walking away is not the coward’s way out; it’s the peace-lover’s strategy for maintaining friendships.
  • You don’t have to fill your calendar up with commitments and projects. You can maintain as much white space in that calendar as you choose.
  • You can turn off your phone and walk away from the internet for hours, days, weeks even. It will be there when you come back.
  • You can protect and support the emotional needs of yourself and those around you during this busy season.
  • You can prioritise the things that matter to your immediate family, even if they don’t matter to extended family and friends.
  • You can pass the camera to someone else and get yourself in the shot.
  • You can choose to take a few photos and then put the camera away.
  • You can have a perfectly imperfect Christmas that is shared exclusively in the intimacy of your family and circle of close friends.

    Wishing a blessed and peaceful Christmas to you and yours.

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