1. Christmas Tea £2.39 - This festive tea combining rooibos, cinnamon and star anise would make a lovely addition to anyone's stocking. So warming on a cold Christmas morning.
2. Mandarin Chocolate - The perfect dairy free replacement of a traditional chocolate orange. Choose from Loving Earth's big bar at £3.99 or a small but perfectly formed Ombar version at £1.99.
3. Lavender and Frankincense Tea Lights £4 -
These lovely tea lights are perfect to promote relaxation and help you wind down after a hectic festive period.
4. Primrose's Kitchen Oatmeal and Chia £3.99 -
Okay so you might need quite a big stocking to fit this in! However, it would make the perfect winter breakfast to warm you up before you head out for a walk through the snow.
5. Rhythm 108 Tea Biscuits £2.85 -
Sharing bags of these gorgeous biscuits will bring a little bit of Switzerland to your home this Christmas.
Choose from: Double Choco-Hazelnut, Lemon Ginger Chia or Coconut Cookie. We also have mini 2 biscuit packs for £1.20 Yum-Yum!
6. Lip Balm -
Who doesn't get chapped lips during the winter? We have several options in store. Try coconut oil based Cocoveda Lip balm in Orange or Mint £3. Or our defiant beauty lip balm £5 suitable for those undergoing cancer treatment.
7. Bath Oils £4.80 -
Beautifully relaxing blends of Sweet Almond Oil and pure essential oils. Warm up in a hot bath with one of : Muscle and Joints, Relaxing or Pure Pleasure.
8. Mini Magnesium Spray £2.95 -
These mini sprays are so cute. I would be delighted to find one of these in my stocking. Perfect to help support sleep after too much Christmas dinner or to ease aches and pains after too much excitement with toys! Ideal to pop in your hand bag/pocket and take to work.
9. Epsom Salts £4.50 -
Another brilliant way to top up your magnesium. Combine with the bath oils and tea lights above for the ultimate stress relieving, skin nourishing bath.
10. Organic Gluten Free Christmas Pudding £3.30 -
Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without a brandy flaming pudding at the end of dinner! Perfect for those with dietary requirements who may be visiting family but don't want to miss out on a delicious end to their meal.
The season of Advent is upon us, marking the start of four festivals of light that continue through Christmas to Ephiphany and close with Candlemas in February. Traditionally Advent is a time for reflection on the year that has just gone, to give thanks for the good and to prepare for Christmas and the year ahead. Sadly this period of much needed quiet and relection is so often lost in the modern world, drowned out by the loud voice of consumerism as adverts proclaim only x shopping days left, buy your turkey now, buy this magazine and gain the secrets to a perfect Christmas!
This year I think it's high time we took back Advent and said no thanks to the noise and the nonsense. What is the point in stressing over what to buy someone when the reality is most people already have everything they could ever want? Feeling stressed about cooking Christmas dinner? Why? It's basically exactly the same roast you cook every Sunday only on a slightly bigger scale. Just cook your turkey or other joint, take it out the oven and cover with baking parchment and 2 tea towels and leave to rest for an hour. That's your oven free for roast potatoes, parsnips and even yorkshire puddings! Just chuck everything else in a steamer and if all else fails piping hot gravy can resurect anything. Chill out - you have got this!
In this modern world 'busyness' has taken over and the one thing most of us wish we had more of is time. So let's give the gift of time this Christmas and make being truely present our goal. Put away that iphone (you really don't need to be checking your work emails!) and get your pinny on. Set aside an afternoon to make mince pies with your family, and allow yourself to be mindful, feel the cold butter as you rub it into the flour, laugh at your kids if they hurl some flour at each other, it's ok, it's 2016 we have hoovers! Snuggle up with a Christmas movie, a hot cup of tea and your yummy home made mince pies. Or wrap up warm and get out of the house letting the cool air clear away the cobwebs and bring the colour back to your cheeks.
If you're stuck for gifts why not give a voucher for a massage or a facial? Literally give the gift of time so your loved ones can stop and just be.
So let's take Advent back, let's relish putting up our decorations, remembering all those Christmases past, happy times with loved ones, the joy of finding that tin foil covered yoghurt pot bell you made when you were two that somehow is still in one piece over 20 years later. For many, Christmas can be a sad time as they remember those who are no longer with us but I prefer to think that Christmas actually brings us a little closer as that box of decorations rekindles memories, and with it their spirit around the tree.
As we start each day with the opening of a new window on the calender, let's take just a moment to think of something or someone we are thankful for this year. To reflect on the things we have done well, some things maybe not so well and what we really want to achieve in the year ahead. Above all don't get stressed, enjoy the run up to Christmas, the light shining in the darkness and that feeling of expectation as the day approaches. After all the most important thing on Christmas Day is the people that are around your tree not the presents that are under it.
Finding the perfect turkey can be difficult at Christmas, especially if you are trying to find an organic, free range turkey that comes in on budget. Thankfully here at Nourishing we have done the hard work so you don't have to!
Our No.1 choice this Christmas (and where we have ordered ours from!) is Gazegill Organic Farm in Lancashire. Here their turkeys are hatched at the beginning of the summer and then slowly fattened on organic feed over 6 months, as nature intended. The turkeys live in large barns and are actively encouraged to run in the farm's fields. This allows the turkeys leg muscles to develop properly helping it to happily walk about and carry it's ever increasing and yummy breast! They are killed and hung in the traditional way ensuring a wonderful flavour and succulent, tender meat. Prices start at a very reasonable £54 for a small turkey to feed 10-12 up to £72 for a large to feed 14-16 with leftovers. Gazegill still have turkeys available and they will deliver straight to your front in time for Christmas.
Having shopped around Gazegill give you excellent value for money and match or beat many high street retailers and other organic farms on price. However, what Gazegill give you extra is complete traceability from field to plate and a friendly voice at the end of the phone if you have any questions about their farm or delivery.
If your budget doesn't quite stretch to organic turkey then you might want to consider buying 2 organic chickens. You could even smother them with different flavoured butters to make the table more exciting. For example cover one with a lemon butter and one with a garlic and chive. And who doesn't want to smother things in butter at Christmas time?! If you are dairy free then just make your 'butters' using coconut oil or goose fat for extra crispy skin.
Whichever bird you choose for your Christmas feast, remember the key word here is Organic which means extra Omega three fatty acids for health and extra taste for a perfect and truly nourishing Festive meal for your family. Enjoy x
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