by Dr. Marita Schauch, ND – Tall Tree Integrated, Health Centre –
Christmas may look a whole lot different this year for many of us, as we may not be able to come together with many of our loved ones.
I’ve been thinking about how to give gifts that hold the most amount of warmth in these challenging times … how to capture the magic and the togetherness of Christmas and put that into something that will reach across the country or even the oceans where needed.
The Gift of Community. Many small businesses are struggling right now, and supporting local in your Christmas shopping adds a layer of love and community onto whatever treasures you find. Local finds can also come with the stories of the little book shop or the adorable boutique so that you can share the gift of where you are with those you love as well as lift up those around you.
The Gift of Health. There has never been a better time to make sure your loved ones are in good health. Pulling together a basket of their favourite supplements is a fun way to bring that to them. Not sure what they’re into? You can always ask on the pretext of wanting to amp up your own supplement cabinet. Then add a bow!
The Gift of Touch. You might not be able to hug everyone you love over the holidays, but you can still give the gift of touch. Gift them a massage or other bodywork treatment. Touch is important for our mental health, and sending them to get spoiled with a deeply relaxing massage is the next best thing to a hug.
The Gift Experience. There is no greater gift than time together. If you’re able to, taking someone on an experience, like to Butchart Gardens to see the still fabulous Winter gardens, or taking a day out to visit one of the beautiful beaches on the west shore of the Island (with a pit stop at Shirley Delicious of course!) can make all of the magic come alive.
If your loved one isn’t here in Victoria, think about arranging an experience in their area for them and then scheduling a video call so they can tell you all about it.
The Gift of Movement. Having a movement practice is one of the biggest keys to health and happiness. Many yoga and fitness studios sell passes you could gift. Or maybe the local climbing gym if they’re big on adventure!
The Gift of Tradition. Now is as good a time as ever to bring you and your family’s creativity into motion and bring back some of the old Christmas standbys. Bring back the homemade Christmas cards, the long, personalized update letters and the homemade Christmas cookies sent via post. Remember: there was a time when people were separated at this time of year, but they found ways to stay connected.
I hope this list has inspired you to see the ways you can connect and share with those you love this holiday season. It may not look like what we’re used to, but it’s still Christmas. As long as we hold that in our hearts, we’re going to be okay.