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What is in Store For 2021’s Final Month?

How is this year coming to an end already? It must be an adult thing that the days, weeks and months seem to fly by. I don’t remember time going as fast when I was a child.

December is often a time for reflection, and this year, we approach the end of another difficult twelve months. It has been a bit crazy with Covid-19 still messing with our lives, and we just have to make the best we can of it. One day, it will all be over, and we can once again resume some semblance of normality.

So, what lies ahead this month?

The Festive Period is Upon Us

We enter December, and that only means one thing to many people – Christmas. The ‘most wonderful time of the year’ according to the song, but sometimes it doesn’t feel like it. There’s always so much to do in this month. Endless shopping trips, visits to family and Christmas parties are all added to our schedule, most of which is already taken up with regular daily work. And if you have kids, you also need to factor in Christmas plays, concerts and trips to see Santa!

It’s supposed to be a time to rest and recover from the year, yet all we do throughout December is run around like headless chickens. By the time Boxing Day comes around, you’ve got nothing left. It’s little wonder some like to sit on the sofa with Christmas chocolates and a movie.

Classic FM at Christmas

While it can be a stressful time, there are some things you can do that can relax your mind and help you through, and one of those is music.

If, like me, you enjoy the Christmas build up but need a moment or two away from the madness, you may benefit from a little classical music. If you’ve never listened to Classic FM at this time of year, you really should think about rectifying that. Even if you slightly enjoy classical music, you will love this channel in December. They start playing Christmas music from today, sporadically at first, mixed in amongst the regular music. However, it gradually increases throughout the month until Christmas Day, when it’s nothing but Christmas music.

However, if you really want to play it all the time, they dedicate a channel that just plays continuous Christmas music 24/7. There’s something very magical about the music they play in December. It’s not the cheesy Christmas songs you hear on other radio channels. It’s more relaxed and gradually gets you into the Christmas spirit. Even if you’re a grinch, I defy you not to enjoy it.

Mince Pies

Here at Hypnocat, we’re mince pie fiends. If this sounds familiar, then you’ll be extremely excited about entering December, as we can now officially eat them without being told it’s too early. I know plenty of you will be invited to network and have mince pie mornings, but how about a virtual event?

At Hypnocat, we’re planning to hold a mince pie and coffee morning on Twitter on Monday 13th December. So, if you like to tweet, come and join us and have a chat about absolutely anything, while enjoying a coffee and a mince pie or two. Maybe three. Or maybe a box. Or two.

Christmas Jumper Day

10th December is the annual wear a Christmas Jumper to work day. For some reason, I personally don’t own a Christmas Jumper, however Gee does, and she’ll be wearing hers with absolute pride on this day. I may get one at some point, just so I don’t feel left out. However, let’s not forget the reason why this day takes place.

Christmas Jumper Day is organised by Save the Children and there are many ways for us all to get involved and raise money. Click here to see how donations help.

Mental Health at Christmas

For many people, Christmas is a time for fun, food, and family, but for others, it can be a source of sadness and loneliness. Some people may live alone, or too far away from their loved ones to be able to see them.

This year, we at Hypnocat are asking people to look after each other, check in on people and make sure they are alright. It can be a difficult time for people suffering from mental illness, so let’s all take some time from our own lives and help someone else, even if it’s just for an hour or two. It can make a huge difference to someone’s life.

Key Days to Remember in December

Decembeard. 1st December marks the beginning of Decembeard, and if you took part in Movember, keep the tache and add to it. Decembeard is for men (and women if you like) to grow a beard to raise awareness and money for the research to stop bowel cancer.

You can even decorate your beard for Christmas!

2nd December – National Grief Awareness Week. Designed to raise awareness of grief and loss, especially important at this time of year.

December can be a difficult month for people who have lost loved ones, and this awareness day is an opportunity to look out for each other. The Good Grief Trust have four poster campaigns that you can download and get involved in. They are

  • Check in on your neighbours
  • Stop for a chat
  • Put the kettle on
  • Go for a walk and talk

The poster campaigns are available from the link above.

10th December – Human Rights Day. This year’s theme for Human Rights Day is Equality – reducing inequalities, advancing human rights. It relates to ‘Equality’ and Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) – “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.”

You can find out about this here

We are all human. It is time to start acting like it.

A Couple of Little Known Days

11th December – International Mountain Day. One of the lesser-known celebration days, International Mountain Day looks at sustainable mountain tourism.

Mountain ranges are one of the most stunningly beautiful places on our planet yet are often taken for granted by us. The Inca Empire even revered mountains, considering them sacred and believing them to be the source of water.

17th December – Wright Brothers Day. Celebrating Wilbur and Orville Wright’s successful flight of the Wright Flyer 1.

Today, governments are trying to reduce the use of air travel to help cut carbon emissions. But in 1903, as the Wright Brothers made their first flight, there was no inkling of the effect it would have on the planet in the name of progress.

Their maiden flight lasted just 12 seconds, but it pioneered the way for larger planes to be built and led to the onset of international travel.

And the Obvious

24th December – Christmas Eve. I think we all know what this is. It’s a magical day, especially for the kids. Make it a little more special by tracking Santa through Norad’s Santa tracking system. It really helps get the little un’s to bed when they see how close he is.

31st December – New Year’s Eve. The part of the festive period that’s for the adults. If you’re enjoying welcoming 2022 with a tipple or two, make sure you keep yourself safe.

As usual, we’ll be putting out blog pieces covering some events of the month and trying to get everyone into the Christmas spirit.

We would like to take this opportunity to say thank you for reading our blog posts over the last few months, and we wish you a safe and successful December.

See you in 2022.

Pete & Gee

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