#25Gifts Are you excited about opening the little window?

December 1st, at I guess what will be a little after 6.30am …

“Mummy, I can’t sleep anymore!” (My son. He’s been excited about today for ages!)

Usually I’d put him back to bed for another half an hour but this morning I’ll probably give in, largely because I’m almost excited as he is!

For the first year ever, I have a candle advent calendar. One little tea light every day for the next 24 days. Beautiful smelly ones. (With two on Christmas Eve so I’ll have one for the big day too!)

Writing this, I have traditional Christmas carols playing softly in the background. The house is silent. It is idyllic.

As we get ready for this time of waiting and preparing (and rushing around shopping and wrapping and stressing!) what would today be like if we stepped into it with a sense of excitement and expectation?

What are you really anticipating for the next 25 days?

As we journey together into the 25 Gifts Of Christmas, I’d encourage you to set an intention. Did that come out sounding very woo woo? My apologies, let’s try that again …

What is the one thing you’d like to focus on, every day for the next 25?

I know what I’d love you to focus on but this is your game and I can’t decide the answer for you before we start 😉

I don’t want you to read this, nod along, and then be done until tomorrow. I would love these daily emails to be something that will actually make a difference each day.

And would you like to know the secret to having a day that feels like it’s actually making a difference? (I’m going to pretend I see you sat there nodding your head.)

It’s really quite simple …

Keeping your eyes and ears open for those little things that make today wonderful.

Even if it’s just like a glimmer of water in an otherwise dry and dusty desert, there will be something today that makes you smile.

Every day. One day at a time.

Starting today.

And you don’t have to do this alone. Every day for the next 25, I’ll be taking a photo and if you feel so inclined, I’d love it if you played along too.

Keeping a record of each little thing (or things – yes, you are allowed to smile more than once each day!) makes it harder to forget and if you’re having a rubbish day, having something you can look back on and easily remember the good stuff, that in itself can help bring a smile to your day.

I’ve set up a new board on Pinterest especially. Let me know your username and I’ll add you as a collaborator. Or on Twitter, Instagram or Vine, use the hashtag #25GoCh. I can’t wait to share these moments with you over the next few days and weeks 🙂

Until then, smile – here’s to a wonderful day 🙂