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What sort of Christmas will feed your soul?

The festive season should feel like the most wonderful time of the year. If it’s lost its sparkle for you, take our test to find out what you need to make it feel special again


in partnership with Etsy

1 When it comes to organising and preparing for the big day, you:

♥ Have been shopping for months

◆ Love making presents and pretty decorations

• Feel stressed whenever you think about it

■ Would get more involved if you could do it your way

2 Buying Christmas gifts for loved ones is:

■ One of the highlights of Christmas

♥ A way to show them you care

◆ Usually a waste of money

• Another task on your to-do list

3 At the end of Christmas Day, it would be really wonderful to feel:

♥ That everyone enjoyed themselves

• Free of your usual worries for a day

◆ Like you didn’t eat or drink too much

■ That you showed everyone your best self

4 Your perfect Christmas Eve would involve:

■ A great night out with good friends

• A restful night’s sleep

◆ Singing carols around the tree

♥ Snuggling up with a loved one

5 You would enjoy Christmas more if there was:

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This month we’re exploring how to truly have a happy Christmas. If you don’t have any religious beliefs, the holidays can be rather become a meaningless glut of overconsumption and commercialism, but this issue will help you explore how to create a different experience for you, your friends and family this year. And often it’s about kindness. Our interview with June Sapong explores how we can use kindness in our everyday lives to make the world a better place. One of our own relays her experience of finding the bravery and courage to start dating again. When a relationship goes sour, it’s normal to lick your wounds for a bit but how do we begin to heal and have the courage to be vulnerable and get back out there again? Ellen Tout takes us on that journey. Natalie Hourihan explores ‘creativism’ with author and entrepreneur Orna Ross and shows us how to connect with our ‘creative intelligence’ so we can design a life that works for us on our terms. The good news we all have access to this intelligence, we just need to know how to harness it!