Merry Christmas 2017

All of the Christmas presents have been bought, wrapped and delivered. You’ve eaten, drank and danced at a dozen Christmas parties and get-togethers. It’s *finally* time to kick back and actually enjoy the big day. Right? Maybe…or maybe not. 

Whether it’s the Hallmark images of an idyllic family gathering for Christmas or a classic, heartwarming festive film, this time of year is *supposed* to be picture perfect but it often isn’t for everyone. The Holiday Season can be a very tough on your mental health. Not everyone looks forward to Christmas and at this time of year, I think about people heading back to families they don’t get on with or people who don’t have families to go home to. Families can be very beautiful but they can also be very isolating. It can be a very lonely time of year for some, especially when you’re surrounded by images of how perfect Christmas should be and it’s far from your reality. 

Although I love this time of year, I don’t subscribe to this idea of a “perfect Christmas”. It’s a day of happiness and indulgence, which means you should celebrate it however you see fit – whether that’s with your family, friends or on your own. It’s really important to value and prioritise your mental health, at Christmas and every day. For this reason, I’m spending this Christmas in London for the first time. I’m looking forward to switching off for a couple of days and practising self-care. That’s my new Christmas tradition. 

However you choose to celebrate Christmas, I wish you a blessed and beautiful day. 

Lots of love,

Top – River Island

Trousers – ASOS

Shoes – ASOS

Photography by Adorngirl.

Reena Rai

Reena Rai is a 30-something London-based fashion, travel and lifestyle blogger. She has been blogging for 10 years (!), previously at before launching her self-titled blog.


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