Like most, I’m wrapping up holiday preparations and finding last minute special (but simple) treasures this week. I’m also taking time for Christmas cheer visits over a quick cup of tea or glass of wine.
It’s tough to find the “perfect” gift. That said, one of my favourite things to do when looking for that special stocking stuffer or hostess gift, is to visit beautiful boutique shops in my area. As much as I love the luxury of quiet moments shopping online, or experiencing (in very small doses!) the hustle and bustle of shopping malls, the opportunity to shop local and experience the season’s ambiance in beautiful spaces lends itself as a relaxing treat.
There’s something special about walking down the street, taking time to look in store windows, to hear Christmas music, and cross paths with those you know as you browse local shops, often owned by people you know. These shops are usually where I find the most elegant yet simple treasures, ones that are timeless and made with quality and love.
Keep it simple this week. It’s easy to become overwhelmed with the stresses of hosting dinners, finishing to-do lists, and trying to fit in all of the places, people and things you feel you need to do. So often we find ourselves just ticking off the list and going through the motions, as opposed to really thinking about or experiencing the joy of the season – what it’s really all about. Remind yourself that less is more and simple is best. Dial back where you can and look after “you”.
Remember, your presence and smile is far more powerful than how your centrepiece is, or how perfect (you think) your outfit and accessories need to look, or how many activities you have on the calendar. Make sure you are making the time for quiet moments: time with people dear to you and enjoying the gift of their presence that feeds your soul. Soon, we’ll be taking another trip around the sun as we “Cheers” to a New Year, and every new year and new day is one to celebrate. We are lucky to be here.
So keep it simple, because in the end, nobody notices what wasn’t perfect anyway. And because you can.
I wish you joy, peace and love this holiday season. xo
Photos: Casey Nolin Photography
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