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Slow Living Activities for the Holiday Season

There’s less than a week until Christmas and many have finished work or school for the year.

This holiday season I’m focusing again on slowing down, so I thought I would share some slow living, intentional and “stay at home” activities.

 As so many events we usually have during the festive season, such as Christmas markets, friendsmas and staff parties are not happening this year, we have so much more time to focus on all the other activities we take part in, rather than rushing through them in the name of ticking a box. 

You can even give away crafted items to your family and friends.

Christmas is a time of year that is stressful and overwhelming for so many people. I believe it doesn’t have to be that way.

Leave yourself time and space to fully savour the most wonderful time of the year.

dry oranges

This is one of my favourite things to do during the holiday season because the scent is amazing and they are great for making garlands, part of a wreath or to use as a gift tag. They have to cook in the oven for a good chunk of the day, so it’s the perfect excuse to stay home and have a slow day.

make dough ornaments & Other Decoration

Salt dough is a great way to craft new ornaments and great fun to do alone or with family. The process of making the dough, cutting the shapes, and decorating them when they are dry is fulfilling and great to do while watching a Christmas Movie or sing along to your favourite Christmas songs. 

Click here for more homemade Christmas decoration ideas!

bake cookies and Pies from scratch

Another great activity to do either alone or with family & friends. Get out grandmas recipes and give them a try. It may take longer, but it is rewarding as it tastes a thousand times better than store bought and your house will smell amazing.

You could even challenge yourself to make a gingerbread house!

Write cards and wrap gifts

Shopping for Christmas presents always seems to be the most stressful part of the season. Once you have most presents, allow yourself to slow down and dedicate an afternoon or evening to wrapping presents and writing cards. I like to put candles on and have my favourite Christmas albums or have Christmas movies play in the background while wrapping.

go on a walk to see the christmas lights or winter nature 

Grab a loved one, lots of layers and a thermos of mulled wine and go for a walk. It can be around the neighbourhood or city centre to look at the lights.

Or go to a forest or park, enjoy the fresh, cold air and free your head from the hustle and bustle of the holiday stress. I love to wonder around and see all the places I enjoy in summer look so different now that nature is resting. Spotting birds and other little animals or foraging some natural decoration is a great way to spent a slow day.

May you have a warm and merry Christmas,

Anne Cathérine

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