“Oh by golly have a holly jolly Christmas this year”
Christmas has become more than simply celebrating the remembrance of the birth of Jesus Christ; it is a time of year for everyone in all corners of the world to come together and enjoy the little things we take for granted in our everyday. Stop, smile and enjoy. Whether you decide to celebrate Christmas by visiting church, bringing an evergreen coniferous tree into your home, substituting mulled wine for water throughout December or buying your loved one that pricey gift because you know they deserve it, all of these reasons revolve around the same belief of caring and sharing.
We believe the main intention of Christmas is to become a little more internal, slowing down and becoming real rather than letting time slide away. Be in the here and now and don’t allow for yourselves to become distracted through the temptation of scrolling aimlessly through Facebook comparing Christmas gifts, or becoming snap happy and languishing your devices with photos that won’t be looked at until Christmas 2018 whilst reminiscing how fast the last year has gone.
So, we challenge you to:
- Put away your smart-phone/device for at least a week (pre Christmas works best).
- Dig out film camera because the process of film and handling these real photographs captures this time in a different way.
- Use Christmas as your natural pause.
At first it will be tricky, but we promise after the morning lull it will be easier to let go. Post how you got on after the Christmas celebration, we’d love to hear from you! For the month of December we are getting inspired by all things ‘Christmas’ of course, follow the CBTHBN #UNEARTH series and please share with us any Christmassy inspiration you may have stumbled upon.
Wes Anderson directs this years H&M Christmas advert starring Adrien Brody as the conductor on the H&M (Winter Lines) Express railroad, informing his passengers due to unexpected delays the train won’t be make it’s destination in time for Christmas. It has been a while since we’ve had to pleasure of seeing Anderson’s great work, but thanks to H&M we have been able to enjoy this short 4-minute film Come Together.
Known for his quirky, meticulous and charming movies such as Fantastic Mr. Fox and The Grand Budapest Hotel is seems Anderson has now inspired the direction of television advertising too.
“This story may resonate more than ever at a time in the world where we could all do with giving a stranger a hug.”
You will notice small touches that makes the film special, from the faint sound of The Little Drummer outside the window to small photo next to each passenger of their nearest and dearest, which for one is simply a dog, and finally ending with a beautiful replicated attempt of Christmas in the dining car.
Anyone for a chocolate flavoured hot beverage with whipped topping?
Everyone needs a F*** Chocolate Advent Calendar by the illustrator Mr Bingo. The alternative advent calendar revealing 24 naked people under a rub removable layer of gold. Besides the naked people carefully drawn on this A3 sheet, this advent calendar has been beautifully screen printed with 4 layers, not sure whether we’re more impressed with the screen-print patience or the precision of 24 drawn naked parts.
We especially loved Bingos feedback when asked for a substitute for children:
A few people have been asking if these are suitable for Children. The answer is yes, it’s just naked people wandering around, there’s nothing perverted or no hidden surprises!
By the time it gets to December 24, you’ll just have a wall of dicks, bums and boobs. If you are not familiar with English humour nor crossed paths with Bingo before then today is your lucky day, also check out his “Hate Mail” project illustrator is a genius troll of our life.
Bravo Patagonia for donating 100% of their global retail and online Black Friday sales directly to grassroots nonprofits, the guys working on the front-lines protecting our air, water and soil for future generations.
“fundraiser for the earth.”
Since the start of Patagonia in 1973, the company has always been dedicated to sustainability and providing customers with well trialled, tested and trusted excellent outdoor gear. From diverting resources from landfills in 1993 whilst making its first recycled plastic bottle fleece, to creating the recollection range advertised as 100% recycled wool and 100% recycled polyester, also 85% recycled polyester labels, 80% recycled zippers, and 50% recycled buttons.
Black Friday is known for being on of the biggest and most crazy shopping days of the year, so through Patagonia making this incredible mark and turning this commercial day into a day of celebration saw an outstanding $10,000,000 going to help save the environment as promised.
1% For The Planet
Patagonia is a proud member of 1% for the Planet, an alliance of businesses that understand the necessity of protecting the natural environment, and are concerned with the social and environmental impacts of industry. If you’re a business owner, please consider becoming a member. By contributing 1% of total annual sales to grassroots environmental groups, member companies affect real change. To learn more, check out onepercentfortheplanet.org.
We very much enjoyed stumbling across this article from Positive News discussing the expectations of joyfulness around Christmas time. Most of us use our Christmas break to spend time with loved ones, catching up with social groups and indulging in rich luxurious foods, but as PN explained this isn’t the case with everyone.
The reason we found this piece interesting was because of we are programmed as young people to believe that Christmas is a holly jolly time of year, why don’t we look at the bigger picture of how others may be feeling.
During the run-up to December we may also feel some pressure. The approach of Christmas can also feel threatening with impending family time — for many this is a hotbed of triggers and old wounds surfacing.
We’re not saying put your tree away and throw out the turkey, instead before indulging ourselves on December 25th sit down and take in everything around you, small or big, visible or mindful, we tend to take a lot for granted and get swept away with how commercial Christmas has become, again not a negative comment just a thought before you spend your entire month pay pack on single day event.
Read the full article from Positive News here: https://www.positive.news/2016/lifestyle/wellbeing/24273/christmas-presence-survive-seasonal-dysfunction/