40 Ways to Slow Your Holidays

Catherine Zaidova
Cue the jazzy Christmas tunes – it’s our final episode of the year! Welcome to the very festive, very fun, very crowd-sourced holiday special, where we share your tips for staying slow in the silly season (and throw in some of our own). Thank you so much to everyone who got in touch – we loved reading through your responses, and hearing all the different ways you not only cope with, but truly enjoy what can be a stressful time of year.

We’ve got more than 40 tips from listeners on how to bring a little more slow to your pretty much every area of your holidays, including:

  • holiday traditions
  • gifts
  • finances
  • food
  • time with family and friends
  • decorations
  • environmental impact

There’s so much goodness in here, and definitely something for everyone to consider for both this year and next. Whether it’s sipping a candy cane martini every Friday night like Steve (shoutout to Steve! Ben wants to be you when he grows up!) or getting organised with gifts, I hope you’ll find a little knowledge nug that resonates with you.

But if you’re already feeling overwhelmed and don’t know where to begin, I’d encourage you to step back from all the plans, all the to-dos and all the pressing engagements, just for a few minutes, and ask yourself what your priorities are for the holidays. How do you want the holidays to feel? What do you want to look back and remember after the rush is over? That’s a pretty great place to start from because it re-centres your attention on the things that are most important to you (and chances are they’re not really things at all, but people and time and connection and sharing a meal with people you love.)

And that’s a wrap (pun intended!)

Thank you so much for your support throughout this weird and wild and wonderful year, it means so much and is why we do what we do every day. Ben and I wish you a safe and happy holiday season, and all the best for 2019. We’re looking forward to more slow times ahead and will be back in your ears with our annual Summer Series, kicking off on Jan 3.

See you on the flip side fam! xx

PS. If you want to learn more about our new year-long, five-minutes-a-day slow experiment, head over here and check out 365 Days of Slow.

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9 Responses to 40 Ways to Slow Your Holidays

  1. I so enjoyed this podcast!! I think a big key in celebrating the holidays is what Brook said about how do you want to feel? And I think we need to be realistic in our expectations. If you know Uncle Bob is grumpy during the holidays, accept it on move on. Don’t let it ruin your celebration.
    Also, I don’t mail out Christmas cards, but New Years cards. This gives me a chance to wish everyone a happy new year, and to thank them spending time with me, or thanking them for the gifts they might have received.

    Thanks again for the podcast! And have a very blessed and safe Christmas and New Year!!!

  2. Found this podcast an amazing addition to my slow journey, Ben and Brooke you are a great inspiration, you have no idea how much your book “Slow” has changed my way of thinking………. As for
    Christmas well, so many new things to think about. Thank you thank you.

  3. Hi Brooke, Ben and family,
    I just want to wish you all a merry Christmas and plenty of slow fun over the holiday season.
    Also thank you so much for this fabulous podcast episode, especially including everyone’s tips so personally, and using our names! I was thrilled to hear you loved my traditions! It made it feel so much more of a community, and maybe you got to know us a little as well. And yes you were right about the Rapidough! You have to get it! Best game ever, we cry with laughter every year!
    Love and blessings, Linda xx

  4. Brooke and Ben, I was thrilled to see a new post and this Christmas compilation was the best. Great reflective ideas so I plan out my Christmas break. The music Ben played as the intro and closing was uplifting- this put me in a festive mood. Could you please reply what it was called or what artist? Album? I would like to buy it.
    Appreciate your wisdom and banter always. Look forward to sharing 2019 with your positive influence. Thanks Sharon McGucken

  5. Such a lovely episode – it definitely helped get me in the festive mood, and I will be incorporating lots of the ideas.

    Brooke, I really loved your Australianism of “I’ll bring a vienetta”. ;-) ;-) Perfect.

    Have a wonderful Christmas – thank you so much for the gifts you give all of your listeners all year ’round! xxx

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