Home' Nova National : December 2010 Contents of year. Christmas is one of the most
emotional and stressful times and so this
is a recommendation that is much easier
stated than implemented. But looking at
ways to minimise stress is still a valuable
For me, one of the hardest parts about
Christmas is dealing with the increased
traffic on the roads and in the shops. And
so, preparation is the key.
Consequently, the most important
step I take is to make a "wish list" of gifts
early in November. In this way I avoid the
crush and it gives me the opportunity to
simply enjoy spending time with loved
ones as Christmas Day draws nearer.
5) Budgeting is the other way you can
manage to minimise stress levels and
is essential for pre and post Christmas
pleasure. In the effort to make sure every
gift is special and meaningful, we can
sometimes forget to take into consideration
our bank balance. So, particularly if you
have a large family, make an agreement to
put a dollar value on each gift or just buy
for the kids. Alternatively, have a Kris
Kringle where everyone draws a name
and buys a gift only for that person.
6) Write up a Christmas card list and keep
it in a safe place. In this way, it saves time
and therefore minimises stress, when
you can simply refer to it year after year,
adding and deleting names as required.
Plan to write your Christmas cards in early
December and even book a date in your
diary to prompt you.
7) According to Feng Shui tradition,
the pine tree is a symbol of longevity.
Interestingly, this is the tree that is often
depicted and used as the centrepiece
throughout the Christmas season.
From a symbolic perspective, the
location of the Christmas tree is important
in that it should be in an area where the
family often comes together. In this way,
and on a subtle level, whenever you see
the tree it evokes a sense of all the
wonderful things that Christmas is about.
During Christmas, a great part of
our family tradition is getting together
specifically to decorate our tree. We turn
it into a great social event and this sets the
tone for this special time of the year.
8) Lastly, look after your "inner chi" and
try to be moderate and balanced in all
that you do. It may be the season to be
jolly, but over indulgence, particularly
with alcohol, can be dangerous. If you're
unable to be moderate then say no to a
party or two. It is also worthwhile to keep
moving. Maintain your regular exercise
routine and it will help you to maintain
the stamina that the festive season often
requires from you.
Fill your home with lots of love,
laughter and good cheer during this
Christmas season and I wish you all a
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different (at least it seemed to be) growing
up in the 60s. It seemed to be a standard
thing that the family would get together
and spend Christmas Eve tending to all
the last minute things in preparation
for the big day. Grandma, Mum, Aunties
gathered together making sure that all the
food was prepared for the next day and
the decorations were complete. The men
kept their distance from the kitchen and
ensured the garden was well tended and
there was enough beer, wine and drinks
Christmas time used to mean
something a little different from
today. Not only because we're
now adults, but Christmas was
for the children. The children were left
mostly to entertain themselves (and we all
loved that) till the dawn of Christmas Day.
Today, with the ease of living in other
states and countries, everyone seems to
be so scattered and festivities with family
and friends sometimes become a formality
and even fragmented. It often takes a
committed and concerted effort to bring
it all together.
We all want our Christmas to be as
smooth and joyful as possible. So, what
can you do from a Feng Shui perspective
to have your Christmas filled with peace
and laughter? Here are the top eight Feng
Shui remedies to put the fun back into
your family during this Christmas season.
For Feng Shui Harmony, the three
most important energies to deal with
during the month of December, in order
to support the aspect of stability and
harmony are coming from the south,
northwest and west.
1) The south brings with it the influence
of difficulties and obstacles and there are
several ways you can minimise its effect.
The best option is to place an all metal
wind chime in this area so that you can
regularly hear its sound. Alternatively,
and this is especially handy if your main
entrance falls into the south sector, you
can hang a metal bell around the knob of
the door. Another option is to place in the
south a round metal bowl of salted water
with six coins or a five element pagoda,
whichever works best for you.
2) The northwest has the energy of
illness and requires the placement of
six metal coins in this area to reduce its
impact. Alternatives could include the Wu
Lu, also known as the Calabash.
3) The energy of arguments can be
stimulated by movement in the west sector
of your home and so it is worthwhile
considering introducing the colour red
into this area during the month of
December. As we all know, tensions can
increase quite dramatically in the busy
lead up to Christmas, especially if you're
working hard to make sure everything is
4) As the festive season approaches,
it is worthwhile considering how we
can avoid stress during this hectic time
offers her top
Feng Shui tips
for peace and
'According to Feng Shui
tradition, the pine tree is
a symbol of longevity.'
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