December seems to fly by with a long list of things to do.  My month’s calendar is filled with appointments, shopping, cooking, cleaning, wrapping — lots of doing with little time for being present to enjoy the magic of Christmas. If you find yourself in a whirl wind of activity, consider putting yourself on the calendar and take a few minutes for a little self-care.  Here’s a few suggestions:

1.   Schedule some time for yourself and listen to some holiday music.  “Christmas” by Michael Bublee is a great new CD.

2.  Sneak into a quiet room in your home and find an hour to read “Christmas Tales” which are seven classic seasonal short stories with fantastic photography by Steve Lovi.  If you only have time to read one story in this 80-page book, you’ll feel the magic.

3.  If you can only find 15 minutes, pour yourself a cup of Trader Joe’s Candy Cane Green Tea.

4. Call and re-connect with someone on your Christmas card list, especially if they live in an assisted living or nursing home. 

5.  Give back to someone in your community.  Salvation Army bell ringers, food banks, giving trees and so many other opportunities to give exist.  It’s guaranteed to give you a magical holiday moment.

What ideas do you have to stop doing and start being in the holiday moment?