My Christmas Ritual - 12 Days of Letters

Something you may not know about me is that I love writing letters. In the times when I didn't know what to say to myself, writing a letter to someone else (even if I never gave it to them) always helped me figure out my thoughts and feelings.

There was even a time when I wanted to start a letter-writing business where I would help people write letters to loved ones when they didn't have the words themselves.

Every year for Christmas, I shamelessly take the opportunity to get my papercraft on and create holiday envelopes & notes for the 12 days of Christmas.

I wouldn't want hundreds of holiday envelopes hanging around my house - what would I use them for? So, much like a baker who wants to give away all of their extra treats, I like to make things for others that they can enjoy (and then recycle with no guilt).

I fill each envelope for the 12 days of Christmas with a note that's based around mindfulness, kindness, and connection.

Some of the typical topics include:

1) Gratitude and focusing on the good things around us

2) Doing things to take care of ourselves, especially during a season when we tend to buy and give a lot away

3) Looking ahead to the new year with intention

If you're looking for something to do for the holidays this year that's a little out of the ordinary, try your own letter exercise. You can write personal letters per day, or you can do more general notes and give them to your friends and family.

Even if you don't send them, they can provide excellent clarity for what's important in your life.