Regardless of what holiday traditions you believe in, this time of year can be overwhelming.
Often holidays come with high expectations, busy schedules and empty wallets. We believe that a great way to re-connect with this magical time of year is to get back to basics and focus on the 5-senses. Here are some suggestions for re-connecting with the big five.
Smell: Smell is strongly connected to memory. One great way to remember a happy time is to seek out a favorite smell. No one does smell better than Yankee Candle. So take a deep breath and go find that special fragrance that will bring you back.
Touch: If the only thing you seem to be touching lately is a screen, maybe this is the sense for you. The sense of touch is how our bodies alerts us to problems but also to pleasure. Take a moment, close your eyes and really feel a cozy blanket, a hot drink in your hands or how it feels to unwrap your favorite holiday treat (we recommend Hersey Kisses- if you’d like to know).
Sight: Some holiday sights can be hard to love. For example, a line around the corner at your favorite coffee house, the daytime graveyard of 50 unplugged inflatable items in your neighbor’s yard, or the price on that “I have to have it” gift. Here is something beautiful to look at if you are having a hard time seeing the “light”.
Taste: For many, indulging in favorite holiday treats is the highlight of the season. Nothing like sinking into your Grandmother, Nana, Babci, Gaga, Grammie, Grams, Ruth or your name for that special person’s famous cookies. Here are some other ideas you can make. Who knows, it might one day make you famous!
Hearing: Choose your sound,snow crunching under your feet, holiday tunes, the timer going off alerting you that the cookies are ready etc, and find it! And if creating snow to crunch in isn’t going to happen, please enjoy the following song that we believe should be a part of everyone’s holiday season (click the picture).
So that’s it! Hope you have enjoyed making “sense” of this crazy time of year with us and Happy Holidays!
The Camp Blue Skies family.