You've earned it. The right to put your feet up. To zone out. To nap. To sit in front of the fire reading that book that's been tempting you for months. To try a new recipe, listen to music, have a long, meandering chat with a loved one. To trawl the interwebs for loot. To watch silly YouTube videos, favorite movies and fabulous TV shows. To stuff your face. To get drunk or high, or both. To go for a run, a ride, a hike. To pray, to celebrate, to review the past year and meditate on the future. To be grateful for what and whom you have. Remember, even though the kids are melting down and your mother-in-law is irritating and your sister is crying and your husband is gone: This is your time. Carve out some space for yourself and do exactly as you please.Here are some links I've been compiling for you. May they bring you pleasure, inspiration, knowledge and fun, as you sip some delicious wine (or sparkling cider) and dream of what's to come.
Enhance your kitchen with something from this list; or from here.Make yourself a nice cup of tea, or play around with some of these recipes.Dream about next year's garden.Sip something new; or this.Try a new hairstyle.Feel good (or better, anyway) about shopping for clothes.Explore the possibilities of bitters; and salts.Cook a big pot of this and make these.Learn how to turn Facebook into something useful.Fantasize about your own slice of paradise.Treat yourself to a new mug.Look at this.Check out this blog; and this one; and this one; and this one; and this one.I wish you the very merriest Christmas, peace on earth and more good will than words can say.