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It can be a mixed bag, this time of year—the unfettered joy and pure elation of children opening their presents or playing for hours in the pool with their friends, time spent pottering around the house or garden, a chance to stop for a moment to read or watch a movie, an air of relaxation where day-to-day chores seem completely irrelevant. But it can also be a time of loneliness, sadness, grief and longing that only seems exaggerated by all the celebrations happening around us.
Wouldn’t it be nice if we could all use this time to strengthen the bonds we have with our loved ones, taking time to be together, making emotional connections stronger? It’s no surprise that the relationships we enjoy—be them with relatives, old chums, partners, work colleagues or pets—help to make us happy, are good for our well-being and even add years to our lives. To know love is such a privilege, sadly not one afforded to all. But to show love is something we can all do now, no matter how grandiose or humble the effort.
Gift mindful presents or experiences that will make a difference in someone’s life. Spend time making someone feel special. Open your home to share food made with love. Take time for yourself to learn and grow. Above all, be grateful for all that you have, all that you have achieved and for all of the possibilities that await.
Wishing everyone a merry Christmas and a very happy new year. Let’s make it a good one! You can purchase Fête/Life Issue No.34 here. We hope you’ll love it.