The holiday season will come and go as fast as its stress can mount. Here at Darling, we’re big fans of finding spirited and intentional ways to slow down and enjoy each and every moment, no matter how simple it may be. That’s why we’ve asked the lovely Jacquelyn Clark, editor of SMP:Living and blogger at lark & linen, to share with us her top five tips for savoring this time of year — for free!
Let us know which of these ideas you favorite (or, share your own idea) in the comments below and you’ll be entered for a chance to win a year’s subscription to Darling Magazine! Contest open until December 25th 2013. [UPDATE: CONTEST NOW CLOSED]
Try your hand at a hot buttered rum. If I’m being honest, my boyfriend and I made a batch for the first time while decking the halls a few days ago and I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to try it. We used Emeril Lagasse’s recipe and it tastes like Christmas in a glass!
Go for a snowy, wintry walk in the country. There isn’t much that fresh air, warm mitts, a wool hat, and coming home to a big mug of hot cocoa (with real whipped cream) won’t fix. Sometimes, just getting outside of a busy city is enough to find that centering and peace of mind so needed during this season.
Unveil your grandmother’s famous shortbread recipe. Blast some Christmas tunes (may I recommend this playlist?) and try to replicate some of your family’s favorite recipes. I don’t know what it is about shortbread, but for some reason … I’m useless with that one. I’m on year three and so far I’ve been unsuccessful, but I remain hopeful. Have some fun and spend a weekend afternoon with your old cookbooks. You may just surprise yourself!
Start a new tradition. At our house, we eat jelly bellies while we decorate the tree. It’s random, but it’s something that we’ve always done. Now, jelly beans automatically remind me of Christmas and I kind of love that our family holds this random tradition all to ourselves.
Don’t get caught up in the stress. Though it’s not as easy as it sounds, do make an effort to sit back, relax, and simply soak it all it, via these tips or ones of your own. It will go by before you know it!
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