Come on in out of the wind, my friend. I am so glad you found this old cottage, hidden away as it is in a small village in the South West of England. Come on through to the kitchen, pull up a chair. There are gingerbread stars fresh out of the oven and steaming tea in the pot. How have you been, my friend? I am so glad you are here and I’ve got so much to share with you.
What a joy it is to welcome you to a third season of The Calm Christmas Podcast, timed just as autumn turns to leave and in its shadow offers us a glimpse of winter. Here on the podcast we trace the turning of the seasons in nature and in our minds and hearts, we seek out ways to be more mindful about the approaching holidays, and I offer inspiration and tips for using this time to rest and restore after another full year. This third season is all about seeking slow.
This episode includes:
· The importance of slowing down for making the most of the holidays and for taking care of ourselves
· Tips for slowing down
· Allotment chit chat and our regular nature corner
· Christmas traditions from around the world (including several shared by listeners!)
· An autumnal crafting project
· Two lovely autumnal recipes
· Get ahead tips and more!
Lovely things for you:
· GIVEAWAY - To be in with the chance of winning a copy of Rosie Steer’s gorgeous new book Slow Seasons and a personalised, signed copy of Calm Christmas by me, Beth Kempton, enter on Instagram @bethkempton (deadline 4pm UK time on Sunday 12 November)
I hope this podcast will help you locate Christmas as an anchor in the stormy seas of winter in this world right now.
For more details of my book Calm Christmas and a Happy New Year go to bethkempton.com/christmas or buy a copy from Amazon or any good bookshop. Or why not get the audiobook and listen to one chapter a week up to and through the holiday season?
Take good care,
(@bethkempton on Instagram / bethkempton.substack.com / dowhatyouloveforlife.com)
Featured in this episode:
· Reading from Calm Christmas and a Happy New Year: A little book of festive joy by Beth Kempton (Piatkus)p.15 / US edition here (Scribner)
· Research about the health benefits of bananas here
Ingredients for recipes shared can be found here.