Pass on per­fec­tion

Good Housekeeping (UK) - - Good Health -

Try­ing to cre­ate an ideal Christ­mas? Save your­self the stress and em­brace wabi sabi, the Ja­panese con­cept of un­der­stand­ing the tran­sient na­ture of ev­ery­thing and find­ing beauty in im­per­fec­tion. Beth Kemp­ton, au­thor of Wabi Sabi: Ja­panese Wis­dom For A Per­fectly Im­per­fect Life, sug­gests the fol­low­ing ways to re­lax and tune in: ✶ Hon­our the beauty of sim­plic­ity this Christ­mas. Al­low con­nec­tions and con­ver­sa­tions to be the star. ✶ Re­mem­ber wabi sabi-in­spired hos­pi­tal­ity is not about hav­ing a tidy house, de­signer fur­ni­ture or per­fectly be­haved chil­dren. It’s about shar­ing your home in a re­laxed and thought­ful way, and be­ing sen­si­tive to your guests. ✶ Ac­cept that Christ­mas comes and goes. Dif­fi­cult mo­ments will pass. So, too, will mag­i­cal ones – make sure you hold them close. ✶ Be kind to your­self. When guests ar­rive, ac­cept that what’s done is done and what isn’t done isn’t done. The most im­por­tant thing is to be present and make the most of it.

Stay calm and in con­trol this Christ­mas

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