Today is the last morning under the glow of the Christmas lights for us. The Christmas trees are being removed and the decorations stored away until next Christmas. No more twinkle lights to brighten these dark, gloomy mornings. No more playing games and watching films in their warm glow. Everything feels a little dull once they’ve been removed. Our cottage really comes to life at Christmas so I always feel a little sad saying goodbye to the magic but that doesn’t mean that January has to reflect this and feel like one long, dark month. In fact, there are many things I love about January.
I love the calm that January brings. December is a full on month, I love buying gifts, wrapping by the fire, planning dinner menus, cooking and baking. Entertaining and cooking for everyone, I love it all but come the end i’m ready for some quiet days and January brings time to relax and reflect.
The last couple of days, before we head back to work and school and routine kicks in we’ve just enjoyed days in our PJ’s, watched films, eaten cheese and chocolate and played with William. It’s been quiet, stress free and I’ve enjoyed every single moment.
January is a time we can reflect, set some goals for the year ahead. Time to enjoy with family without the need for everything to be perfect, without planning everything in to ensure it all gets done. Evenings that belong to us, to read a book, take a long bath, enjoy a cosy dinner.
Even after all the sparkle and magic of Christmas, January can be joyful. Embrace the calm and quiet before Spring awakens and take some time to be kind to yourself and enjoy doing things that you love.
Here are some of the ways I add some joy into January.
I’d love to know what you would add to the list.
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