Christmas means different things to different people. Some of us don’t, won’t or can’t recognise Christmas at all but whatever your circumstances, beliefs or traditions, I hope the end of this year brings you closure, comfort and love.

For me, Christmas is a time for integrating the life lessons I learned over the last 12 months and sowing the seeds of intention for the year ahead. Tarot is a wonderful tool for that. By asking ‘what do I need to leave behind as I close the door on the old year?’ and ‘what can I bring into my life next year that’s new?’ I can start the new year with clarity and focus instead of simply hoping for a better outcome. Tarot isn’t just about the future, it’s about making sense of the present and facing reality rather than escaping it. The cards tell us stories about the cycles of our lives so we can understand our habits and figure out the future for ourselves.

Even if you don’t read the Tarot, Christmas Presence is about making time to be still in the rush to get things done. By finding the odd quiet moment to sit with yourself, you might be surprised at how easily your own, fascinating insights come to join you. For me, my best moments of reflection are in the car when I’m driving, when I’m in the shower or just before I go to sleep. We spend so much time being present for other people we don’t prioritise showing up for ourselves.

Practicing Christmas presence is a gift we can all give ourselves. It can boost our memory, increase our focus, reduce stress and improve our emotional fitness but like the King and Queen of Wands in the Tarot remind us, living with passion and purpose is another benefit of being present. It’s not about emptying our minds and switching off our thoughts, it’s about spinning them in a way that we can observe and understand ourselves so we can control our emotions. There will always be a million things to do at Christmas and times when it feels overwhelming. Nothing will change that; it’s just how Christmas works. But taking a step back and keeping our minds present means getting through the festive season more effectively. So whilst you’re busy giving it your all, add being completely present to your Christmas to-do list.