Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas

It still feels a little early to be talking about Christmas for me, but the adverts have started on the telly and everywhere you turn there are images or references to this festive time!

Christmas is special but as each year passes and we get older, it is all too easy to let Christmas pass us by without genuinely enjoying and appreciating its magic and it is even harder to re-kindle the excitement of childhood old.

Everything leads up to that one particular day, and then, within the blink of an eye, it’s gone, vanished until next year, but Christmas isn’t just about the 25th December!

This year head into Christmas with mindfulness and gratitude. Take a step back and before you begin the festivities, take a moment to sit down, take the weight off your feet, reflect on the past year and take a moment to breathe deeply and take the whole scene in.

By doing small, simple, Christmassy-type things, you’ll re-create that childhood magic that will quickly gather momentum and before you know it you will be enjoying Christmas to its fullest potential.

I have popped below some of the tips & traditions that we have to try and ensure Christmas is as magical as possible:



Release expectations.
Keep it simple.
Start an advent calendar.
Create a festive Christmas card.
Play Christmas songs each morning.
Touch base with old friends.
Diffuse Christmas scents into my home.
Spend time outside with nature.
Snuggle up with a hot chocolate by the fire.
Buy a unique bauble for the tree.
Take a visit to see Father Christmas.
Find some quiet time to recharge.
Entertain without perfection.
Read “The Night Before Christmas” at bedtime.
Be spontaneous.
Roll around in the snow.
Let candles create magic & warmth.
Visit the Christmas lights.
Make a list of your priorities for the day.
Kiss your partner under the mistletoe.
Bring nature inside.
Spend time with family.
Attend a carol concert.
Wrap creatively.
Reach out to someone lonely.
Listen for the sleigh bells.
Put out mince-pies & sherry for Father Christmas
Play board games.
Enjoy the Christmas Day giving.
Remember family traditions & reminisce.

These are just a few of the ways that I can experience the spirit of Christmas, re-kindle my childhood memories and now pass on the traditions to my children.

And just to make you laugh – here are just a few of our previous Christmas Card designs which our boys love to create every year:


What are your favourite Christmas traditions and what is the one thing that makes Christmas so magical for you?  Pop your favourites in the comments below!


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  1. EJ on November 15, 2018 at 4:19 pm

    We have a rather alternative tradition that I married into, ‘A Christmas Paddle’, a relaxed canoe down the river Thames followed by a trip to Costa in Eton, High Street!!!!

    • Katie Topping on November 15, 2018 at 4:21 pm

      I love this idea! Remove all the stresses that Christmas Day can bring! Thank you for sharing!

      Katie Xx

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