An advent calendar with a difference…..
Week 2: Days 10 to 16
It’s time for Week 2 of my 25 Day Countdown to a Happy Christmas. Sue at Sizzling Towards 60 and Beyond, is hosting the advent calendar with a difference challenge and I’ve joined her in her quest for a more relaxing and stress free countdown to Christmas. My Week 1 responses can be found here – My 25 day countdown to a Happy Christmas #1
Sue’s called it My 25 Day Countdown to a Happy Christmas using the hashtag: #my25daycountdowntoahappychristmas on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
How it works
Every day Sue opens a new drawer on her advent calendar and shares the prompt inside with us. We are then to take and share a photograph of something to do with the prompt. It’s all about reducing the build up of stress at this busy time of the year.
Every week we will update our blogs with our posts for you to share the fun with us. Feel free to join in!
Going old school for Day 10 with Christmas music, happy to share a small part of my (dusty) Christmas CD collection! CDs are almost a thing of the past with apps like Spotify taking over. I have a playlist set up with my family’s Christmas favourites and like to play that on road trips to get in the holiday mood! What’s your favourite Christmas song? Mine is An Ode to Joy which to be honest, I’m not even sure is a Christmas song!! I am partial to the Little Drummer Boy too.
Today was all about pampering ourselves, so we feel good inside and out. The Mathematician and I took in a cheeky matinee movie session and saw The Dawn Wall – a lovely and inspiring way to spend a few hours with my husband celebrating my upcoming birthday. As we’re both working tomorrow I decided to celebrate a day early and so we had a nice time out at our local cinema/cafe. A meet-up with a blogging friend, time spent reading my book, Boy Swallows Universe, followed by a leisurely walk through the forest after a storm, rounded out the day perfectly. Consider myself pampered!
It’s Pet Day for Day 12 of the ‘advent calendar with a difference’ challenge. I don’t have a pet myself but I do have two fur-babies belonging to my daughter in England. A gorgeous chunky black Labrador called Ozzy and a huge rabbit called Bruce. They are both super cute as is my daughter – naturally!! This photo was taken on our recent visit to see her – Our Odyssey.
It was also my birthday today so I wrote this Birthday Letter to myself!
Anyone for a Christmas Mince Pie? A random act of kindness is the prompt for today. I love a random act of kindness and have been the recipient of amazing kindnesses from strangers over the years! After enjoying a mince pie and cup of tea with a friend I arranged to pay for a random stranger to be given this delicious treat at my local cafe today, along with my festive compliments of the season. It felt good too!! I hope they enjoyed it. Trying to minimise the stress at this time of the year and these daily prompts are such a fun way to think outside the square.
Day 14: Give the gift of your time
Give your time to someone else is the prompt on Day 14. Today I gave time to this little nugget. She’s all grown up now but still asks for her mother’s help from time to time (which I love). We don’t live close to each other but manage to stay in touch most days. We had a great chat and discussed a few things and hopefully I’ve been of help to her! It’s always such a pleasure to give time to her. Where has the time gone since she was this little??
Day 15: Take a mindfulness walk around your neighbourhood
Today I wandered our Main Street, called The Parade, and took in the busyness, the colour, the action, the people and, most importantly, the Christmas trees tied to poles along the street. Although this happens most years, I was trying to be mindful as I wandered along, as per today’s prompt and saw it with fresh eyes. The trees are usually placed by inmates from our nearby correctional centre (where I worked for 20+ years) and are an act of goodwill to the community. They add a certain festiveness to the town and some shop owners decorate the trees outside their businesses which adds even more colour and joy!! The trees are a unique custom that I have probably taken for granted in previous years. I thought I’d share it with you today 😊
Day 16: Unplug to reconnect
Today Anna, our Hungarian Rotary Exchange Student (who is living with us at the moment), and I put our phones away for most of the day and went Christmas shopping in Wagga Wagga. It wasn’t as busy as I was expecting and so we had an extra nice time wandering around the shops without having to do battle with crowds of people. We stopped for refreshments and Anna took the opportunity to taste test an iced coffee with (ice cream and cream) and we shared a yummy muffin. We chatted most of the way there and back (over an hour each way) and enjoyed some unplugged time (it helps that there’s no reception for most of the way). A lovely day together and it was great having time to connect without the pull of technology getting in the way.
So that’s a wrap on the second week of the #my25daycountdowntoahappychristmas challenge. It’s always fun to see how others are interpreting the daily prompts. I think this is a much nicer Advent Calendar idea than eating chocolate every morning, but maybe that’s just me 🙂
The whole idea of this challenge is to take the stress out of Christmas and to enjoy the festive season and I’m all for that! What are your suggestions for staying stress free at this time of the year?
Are you feeling stressed? I hope you’re coping OK, I know it can be hard for many at this time of the year. I know we’ll be missing my daughter in England this year and wishing they were with us. It will be hard for her too, knowing we’re all together. I think these prompts have helped me think of others, be more mindful and enjoy the festivities more
I always appreciate hearing from you 🙂 . Take care and try to stay stress free, we’re on the home run now!
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