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  • 14 Dec 2014

    Seeking a sense of wonder at Christmas

    In our secular times, it can sometimes feel as if the magic has gone out of Christmas. We all bemoan the commercialisation of Christmas at times, even if we are firmly atheist. Just a little too much 'buy buy buy' and not enough 'be be be' can tip the scales and leave us feeling empty and frazzled. But what do you do if you don't want to attend a church service but want to somehow bring a sense of the spiritual into your family's experience? Here are some ideas to rekindle the magic and wonder of Christmas in your home: […] more

  • 13 Dec 2014

    Ten ways to celebrate Yule

    The Winter Solstice is the shortest day and longest night of the year (this year it falls on 21st Dec). Many celebrations in the Northern Hemisphere focus on this sacred time in Nature, when the promise of light and life returns. Festivals of light can be found in many cultures. Here are ten ways to celebrate the Winter Solstice with your family. […] more

  • 9 Dec 2014

    10 ways to celebrate winter solstice with your family

    Winter Solstice, falling on 21st December, is a magical moment in our seasonal calendar. The world seems to stand still for just a moment, and the solstice offers us and our families a chance to step off the merry-go-round of the festive period and enjoy being together. It's an opportunity to appreciate the natural world around us, to fill our homes with candles, friends, laughter, food and warm fires. Or maybe you'll opt for a quieter solstice – a chance to take a breath in the whirlwind and just be still and peaceful and at one with the world. Here are some ideas for celebrating the winter solstice with your family: […] more

  • 3 Dec 2014

    The True Meaning of Christmas

    When the meaning of Christmas was lost for our family and what we did next to find it again. With all the hubbub of spending and buying in the lead up to Christmas, often the meaning of Christmas is lost in a whirlwind of shiny new gadgets and toys. No, this isn’t an article spinning the virtues of getting back to church. This is simpler than that. What is the meaning of Christmas for you and your family? How do you celebrate a dominant and hugely popular Christian festival when you’re not Christian? What if you lost that meaning? What would you do? This is what happened to our family and how we reinvented it to find new meaning. […] more

  • 27 Nov 2014

    Eight alternative winter celebrations

    Feeling a bit jaded by the consumerism and frenzy of Christmas that seems to start earlier each year? Here we’ve rounded up some of December’s other festivals from all corners of the globe. You could join French children and bake gingerbread and mannala on St Nicholas day, or enjoy a festival of light like St Lucy’s Day or Hanukkah. […] more

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