Presence not presents: connect, unravel & be this Christmas

As the 25th approaches, here are a fellow bloggers thoughts on “how to wind down, how to enjoy time with our family and friends, and how to continue or create meaningful traditions for this time of year.” I thought Life As a Wave readers would appreciate this. 🙂

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Joy is not in things; it is in us ~ Richard Wagner

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With only three sleeps until Christmas many of us are wondering how to wind down, how to enjoy time with our family and friends, and how to continue or create meaningful traditions for this time of year. Perhaps we are trying to avoid a hurricane of over-receiving and over-indulging, trying instead to connect with Christmastime as about giving, faith and connectedness to others and ourselves.

One of my big challenges this year is winding down. In many ways I would like to switch off my work and research selves so that I can be present with family, friends, nature and the present moment. But the hybridity of my roles (teacher, school leader, researcher, connected learner, parent) makes it hard to power down. My leadership work in my school is closely related to my PhD research…

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