Have A More Mindful Holiday in 5 Steps

This is the first time in probably few years when I am genuinely excited about Christmas. Why? Because I shifted my mindset. I made a conscious decision to give my relatives (most of whom I see only once a year) the most precious gift – my present attention.

Those are the changes I decided to implement this year. Hope it benefits you as well! * Let me know in the comment below.


  1.  Make an effort to engage with your family whether or not you are close, or keep in touch during the year.

  2.  Focus on their stories instead of talking first.

  3. Congratulate them on their achievements, or simply encourage them if they are trying out something new.

  4. Instead of being a passive guest who just shows up at the door, says ‘hello’, tastes the food, and leaves – bring something you’ve made yourself, or ask how can you contribute to the celebration.

  5. Instead of choosing generic gift cards, pick something that would make the recipient of the gift feel seen and appreciated. 


Most importantly, remember that Christmas (in a non-theological meaning) celebrates the rise of the longer days following the Winter Solstice. It’s a universal holiday that is meant to bound people together, regardless of their religious beliefs. Today, we meet together to celebrate the return of the Sun, and to prepare for the upcoming calendar year.

Let me know if any of those suggestions resonated with you, and if you have anything else to add to the list.

Marry Christmas! 🍃🍎🍇🍷

If you don’t want to make for a dessert – check out my delicious cranberry mousse.

~ Ana-Maria

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