Holiday Season: a Modern Fairy Tale

We are mid of December, time is flying. Are you also rushing still to get all things done before you can enjoy a nice holiday? We should stand still for a moment and reflect on the traditions of the Christmas period. Time for family traditions, religious celebrations. Wherever you live in the world, there is something about Christmas time that is absolutely magical.

Last weekend before Christmas, is the perfect moment to go with you family to your local Christmas tree farm, or the Christmas market. Your kids will love to be involved in your family's traditions.

 images via Pinterest- picture getting your Christmas tree  Ditte Isager

images via Pinterest- picture getting your Christmas tree Ditte Isager

It can be the favorite period of the year: family together, no school, homework or deadlines at work. If we travel we do it best a few days before Christmas, you never know if the weather will force you to delay your trip with a day and you don't want to miss Christmas eve. It will be a welcome relaxing time after a hectic year.

Time to learn some Christmas songs, or in case you are not a talented singer, you can count me in, you can play some Christmas music throughout the house. It will bring you in the perfect mood to wrap presents, or prepare your shopping list for the Christmas dinner. 

 green house image via  North no. 27  - bouquet with cinnamon biscuits  A violet Dream  - candles via  Pinterest

green house image via North no. 27 - bouquet with cinnamon biscuits A violet Dream - candles via Pinterest

Christmas is a time of traditions, but feel free to break those traditions and start some new ones. Why not having dinner in the green house instead of the dining room? Add some candles, the greenery around and maybe the stars in the night will make it a very special evening. You don't need the traditional Christmas tree, give it your personal touch.

 dinner table via  Pinterest  - wreath with bells via  Shades of Blue Interiors  - white candles via  Femina

dinner table via Pinterest - wreath with bells via Shades of Blue Interiors - white candles via Femina

Spend time with others to celebrate. You will serve a classical Christmas dinner with roast turkey or you will make it more personal? More important than an impressive dinner is to get together with people you love, make this time of the year a little warmer by sharing the warmth of caring with them.  This year I feel the mood for simplicity, warmth and nature.

 image car and tree via  This is Glamorous  - image with sheep via  Pinterest

image car and tree via This is Glamorous - image with sheep via Pinterest

We get so overwhelmed these days with a lot of ideas how to celebrate these holidays that we forget to stand still and reflect on all the good things which have been happening in our life. Celebrating Christmas should not be about spending to much money on presents, eating to much, over-decorating the house. It could be a time of simplicity, enjoying the company of your family, reconnect with friends, do things fun with them outdoors. It is always great to get out of the house and breath in the fresh air. And to come back in afterwards and smell the open fire, or the cake coming out of the oven.

 image Christmas cookies  Hello Ancolie  - via photo album via  Artifact Uprising  -  Sportmax  fall/winter look - traditional wooden gate Romania via  Pinterest  - sheep picture via  Petit Cabinet de Curiosites  

image Christmas cookies Hello Ancolie - via photo album via Artifact Uprising - Sportmax fall/winter look - traditional wooden gate Romania via Pinterest - sheep picture via Petit Cabinet de Curiosites 

Still a few days before Christmas, time to start wrapping the gifts. Wrap them all in the same paper, it will look much better than each gift in another type of paper.Take some very simple craft paper and embellish it with a personal touch: a colorful ribbon, some green  leaves cut in the garden, a note, a gift tag..... let your creativity go.

 wooden house via  Flickr  - deer image via  Happy Wedd  - gift wrapping via  Say Yes  

wooden house via Flickr - deer image via Happy Wedd - gift wrapping via Say Yes 

Being cheerful during the Christmas season will help in spreading the real spirit of Christmas to those around you. The possibilities for Christmas decoration are nearly endless. You can start by hanging a homemade wreath on the entrance door, some mistletoe in the doorways, a garland or a decorated Christmas tree, complet with lights and candles.

 Christmas tree via  Pinterest  - gingerbread cake (with recipe)  Erin Made This  - fire crackers via  Meg and Cook  - 

Christmas tree via Pinterest - gingerbread cake (with recipe) Erin Made This - fire crackers via Meg and Cook

Let the Christmas time been filled with cheer and wonder. Create your own traditions or simply enjoy the traditions which have been passed down in your family.

still a few days to:

  • wrap your gifts
  • make shopping list for Christmas dinner
  • plan your agenda to set up meetings with family and friends
  • prepare the Christmas decoration

Let yourself be a kid again and enjoy this special time of the year. Indulge in a little holiday tradition and give into the magic. Wish you already a Merry Christmas!

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