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Top Tips for a Stress Free Christmas

Updated: Nov 30, 2020



My childhood memories of Christmas are of us kids making paper chain decorations which we hung from the corners of the room, crossing in the middle, where we then proceeded to hang a paper Christmas bell. We also cut lengths of different coloured crepe paper, which was twisted and hung up along the walls and around the pictures.



My mother, who was somewhat artistic, always made fresh decorations from fruit and spices which hung in doorways and at windows filling the house with the most beautiful smells.


Fresh Decorations Combat Negative Energies


Orange pomanders are made so easily by simply sticking cloves into fresh oranges in whatever decorative pattern you wish. The addition of a bright red ribbon allows easy hanging of the pomander.

The orange pomander is an old Christmas tradition thought to date from the Middle Ages. Pomanders were seen as as symbol of good luck and health as well as a protection against disease..



The smell of oranges reminds us of sunshine and lifts our spirits, whilst the clove smell clears the mind and enhances friendships.


For Christmas 2020 I would add some Star Anise to your decorated pomander as this spice has long been associated with being an anti-viral agent.


Spice Up your Christmas


Use ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg in Christmas treats and drinks, like mulled wine, as these spices all have restorative properties for your body and soul!


Cinnamon may help with stabilising blood sugars and fights inflammation, nutmeg has traditionally been used as an anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory. Ginger also has anti-inflammatory properties and is seen as an anti-oxidant.


Nothing beats the smell of these beautiful spices to enhance the spirit and lift the energy in your home.


Get a Fresh Perspective


Get plenty of fresh air, a walk every day is an absolute necessity to clear the mind and reduce holiday fatigue. This year, more than ever, we need to open our windows and let the fresh air circulate through our homes to blow away any bacteria and germs. Remember that the more fresh air you get, the more oxygen you get into your blood stream which in turn increases your serotonin levels. Who wouldn't want more "happy hormones" at Christmas! Don't forget your furry friend, if you have one, also needs his daily dose of fresh air too!





Happy Holidays!



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