12 Days After Christmas

Many of us worked hard this holiday season, preparing a joyous time for our families and friends. This time can also be an emotional time with family dynamics and remembering losses. The 12 days after Christmas are a wonderful time to renew ourselves. Every day you can do a little something that will make you feel delightful. I’m posting this now, so you can get this into your calendar. Here is my list, but you can change ideas to what makes you feel great.
  • December 26 Give yourself a face massage with jojoba oil with a drop or 2 of your favorite essential oil.
  • December 27 Sit back and listen to a few of your favorite songs without doing anything else.
  • December 28 Use a mixture of brown sugar, oil and honey to exfoliate your lips then put on an extra moisturizing chap stick.
  • December 29 Savor one piece of a rich dark chocolate or whatever your favorite treat is. No guilt, only pure enjoyment.
  • December 30 Watch a favorite, comforting movie of yours. I like the Sound of Music.
  • December 31 Whether you go out for New Year’s Eve or not, dance to a song or two. Really let loose.
  • January 1 Wear something you feel fantastic in, maybe with sparkles.
  • January 2 Give yourself a warm foot bath with 5 drops of essential oil. Moisturize afterwards and put on your coziest socks.
  • January 3 Enjoy a ripe pear or pomegranate at the kitchen table with no distractions.
  • January 4 Give yourself a head massage, have your spouse do it or use a contraption like this .
  • January 5 Immerse yourself in a novel for at least 30 minutes.
  • January 6 Plan some weekly renewal time this coming year.

How do you plan to renew?


  • Robin says:

    A number of years ago you did something – 52 something . . . Do you have any idea what I am talking about? Like get up 30 minutes earlier, journal . . . Could you send me a link or tell me how to access if you figure out what I am talking about. Thank you!

  • Maggie says:

    I really like this. We all need to pamper ourselves after the hecticness of the last few weeks. I am going to make an effort to do each of these. Today, it is sleeting and snowing outside and I am working from home, so will have a few extra minutes to give myself a facial since I don’t have my commute back and forth to the office. A very Happy New Year to you and your family and I look forward to more decluttering in 2013 with your great calendar and to keeping up with you on your weekly emails.

  • Jennie says:

    Wow – it’s confession time here… I was checking my email and as usual I was moving ur emails into my declutter folder, ALONG WITH THE ENTIRE YEAR OF EMAILS FROM YOU IN 2012 – I am glad I am invisible because this is so embarrassing for me – I stopped myself and said – get real here – I have the BEST of intentions saving ur advice but haven’t done a dang thing with ur amazing info. So, as a result I am actually doing a good thing by responding (I think) because I am just going to start over in 2013 and TRY to stay on task with ur emails and advise! I am going to delete the 2012 info (sooo sorry) and try again in 2013-

    Signed embarrassed but I’ve come clean :/

  • Beth says:

    Yes this is great Jennie – don’t save my emails. If you don’t get to them one week feel free to delete. And you can even try just doing one of the tips each week. You are welcome to start new every week. I don’t want to add to any guilt. Wishing you a freeing 2013!

  • dmarie says:

    This is wonderful, thank you. I was wondering if you might write a little more about how to make it through the rest of winter? I struggle every winter after the holidays. It’s still dark and cold and all the christmas lights are down, family is gone, comfort foods are tempting. I exercise regularly, strive to get sunlight daily, but don’t feel as though I have anything to look forward to until spring arrives.

  • Diane says:

    Happy New Year, Beth ~ celebrate in style!!!

    Thank you for your continued advise on how to organize our cluttered life, believe me it’s most helpful.
    Thank you for sharing your life with us too. Love your Christmas Family Photo.


  • Beth Dargis says:

    Thank you, Diane. I appreciate it!

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