Where would you spend your ideal Christmas and what would you do? I'd host a Christmas dinner party and set a beautiful table. Maybe that's because gathering around the table eating together and sharing stories is my favourite part of the holiday season.

However, the lead-up to the holidays can feel like a mad dash toward a finish line. Decorating, drop offs, grocery stops, last minute gifts and errands, and completing projects so you can feel good about resting afterward. It's easy to get lost in the doing and lose sight of just being.

When you find yourself sitting down to a festive meal or in the midst of an activity that you particularly enjoy, pause for a minute. Take it in. Life can sometimes feel like its pace is accelerating. Breathe. Notice your surroundings. Feel the moment and appreciate all the happy things around and within you. Savour the holidays to get the most out of them.

This can often be a reflective time of year. And stressful. And funny. A season for tearjerkers. A cocktail of emotions. Whether you celebrate or not, we do wish you generous doses of peace, joy, and a few good belly laughs. Soak in all the flavours and feelings.

The time between Christmas and New Year's Eve can be a luxurious gift if you're not working. It's a great time to snuggle up with a good book, play cards and board games, watch movies, and go for outdoor walks. Some people like to use this period to do a little tidying around the house, get rid of a few things, and tie up loose ends before making plans for the upcoming year.

We hope you spend the holidays doing something that delights and rejuvenates you. Craft-making, binging on Netflix or podcasts, writing, skating, singing... it's all good. Free, unstructured time is great for our physical, mental, and emotional health.

We at Figg Street Co. wish you a Merry Christmas, peace on earth and all good things in the days ahead!

December 21, 2021 — Antoinette D'Angelo

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