Pass on perfection
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