From Chicken Soup for the Soul: Book of Christmas Virtues

Common Sense

Select a cozy corner of your home to create a holiday haven—far from post-office lines, crowded malls and office parties—by engaging your senses.

Sight: Display something that delights you—ice skates from your childhood, an heirloom Bible opened to the Christmas story or even a basket of sea glass collected during last summer’s vacation.

Sound: Hang tinkling wind chimes to catch a furnace draft or play an instrumental holiday CD.

Smell: Light a seasonal candle—bayberry, pine or peppermint. Or select a fresh-from-the-oven scent like gingerbread, sugar cookie or pumpkin pie.

Taste: Treat yourself to a soothing, warm drink. Hot chocolate with marshmallows? Spiced cider? Herbal tea?

Touch: Layer the area with comfortable pillows, a soft throw, your favorite slippers—perhaps a few toys to entertain the cat.

Then set aside time each day to envelope yourself in this sanctuary of simplicity.

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