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4 Small Towns That Should Be Visited Every Christmas

4 Small Towns That Should Be Visited Every Christmas

Christmas is a perfect ending to a year filled with fun and adventures. For many, Christmas is the time to be with loved ones, family, and friends.

Some say it’s also the perfect time to take a vacation with your loved ones. While most assume that summer is the perfect time for a beautiful vacation, some may not have the time or the opportunity, or they may have overlooked the beautiful season of winter.

This amazing season deserves both celebration and praise especially since it is a part of one of the most commonly celebrated festivities all around the world. So to make your Christmas special; here a few small towns you can visit and have a memorable year end celebration.


    1. North Pole, Alaska

    By the name of the place, you can be certain that it’s definitely going to be a Christmas wonderland. With a whole year of Christmas decorations provided by nature and celebrated by locals, it’s definitely the place to be during a winter season.

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    Take your family members to visit Santa in the exclusive Santa’s factory, or take in the various igloos surrounding the cold region. However, the trademark of Alaska surpasses beyond Santa and igloos. It’s the home to the world’s most spectacular event by nature, the Aurora Borealis.

    Witnessing the Northern Lights in its fine colors could be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Therefore, taking your family there during this festive season could be the best gift you can give, taking them away from materialistic possessions and placing true value on family connections and love.

      2. Fusen, Germany

      Fusen is located in the Bavarian part of Germany. Although a huge united land, Germany varies in culture and tradition according to their regions; sometimes even their dialects of German vary, making it rather distinctive. Fusen is often a small town that many fail to notice while traveling through Germany.

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      However, they’re still considered a magical place for Christmas celebrations. This town has been standing strong for about 700 years, and is located at the borders of Austria, at the foot of the Austrian Alps. It has beautiful, scenic nature, as well as historic and untouched monuments proved to be Bavaria’s greatest treasure.

      Their Christmas market, which encompasses both Austrian and German traditions, is definitely a feast for the eyes. So taking your loved ones there to celebrate Christmas could be an opportunity for you to indulge in history, and experience the perfect Christmas in Europe.

      Plus, if you happen to be there, don’t forget to check out the lake formations at the edge of the Alps, as it inspired one of the greatest productions in the artistic world, Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake. I guarantee it’s a place you would want to visit over and over again.

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        3. Osmington, Dorset, UK

        Osmington in Dorset, United Kingdom, is a small parish town. Unlike other towns, Osmington offers an authentic experience of being in the middle ages. Being a small town with tons of history and stories, it definitely is a town you would want to spend your time in.

        Since social media plays a part in the way we travel, and we tend to follow the best trends and Instagram tags, heading to Osmington would be a way to put yourself in an unique spot light .

        The Osmington White Horse is a carving of King George III riding a horse, made in 1800. This symbolizes the vast knowledge and influence the British monarchy has had in this tiny town. If you and your family are looking for a traditional way to enjoy Christmas, Osmington would be a perfect place to stay, away from all the exterior influences of technology. Immerse yourself in nothing but calm and adventure.

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          4. Kyoto, Japan

          Japan is a land filled with culture and worldly influence. From the outside world, Japanese culture seems as delicate and pristine as the Sakura flowers. Kyoto is one of the best places to enjoy winter in Japan, and offers more than an experience –  it offers a lifestyle.

          From the Onsen Hot Spa, enjoy soaking away in the warm natural waters, releasing all your stress and worries. Most Japanese people prefer “Sentos,” which is a public bath space where you would be able to mingle with the locals. The Public Baths are usually separated for men and women, so you needn’t worry of offending anyone by walking into a unisex bathhouse.

          While their bathing culture is something unique, Japan also has one of the most exquisite food cultures; “Nabo,” or in our terms, “hot pot,” is one of the famous dishes during this winter season. A pot of “Nabo” can keep you warm throughout the day; it’s usually enjoyed in a group of people with friends and family. So avoid all the junk food and unhealthy snacks and binge on this instead.

          Finally, Kyoto is a holy ground for many Japanese people. With a bridge that is claimed to be a direct route to heaven, and various temples that showcase Japan’s beauty and simplicity, you’ll find yourself captivated in a daze of being in a wonderland. So take your time to explore, eat, and breathe Japanese if you find yourself in Kyoto.

          Christmas is an amazing festival to be celebrated with friends and family; so next year, take the opportunity to do something unique and beautiful to make it one of your most memorable celebrations.

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          Last Updated on September 18, 2020

          13 Helping Points When Things Don’t Go Your Way

          13 Helping Points When Things Don’t Go Your Way

          For the original article by Celestine: 13 Helping Points When Things Don’t Go Your Way

          “We all have problems. The way we solve them is what makes us different.” ~Unknown

          “It’s not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it.” – Hans Selye

          Have you ever experienced moments when things just don’t go your way? For example, losing your keys, accidentally spilling your drink, waking up late, missing your buses/trains, forgetting to bring your things, and so on?

          You’re not alone. All of us, myself included, experience times when things don’t go as we expect.

          Here is my guide on how to deal with daily setbacks.

          1. Take a step back and evaluate

          When something bad happens, take a step back and evaluate the situation. Some questions to ask yourself:

          1. What is the problem?
          2. Are you the only person facing this problem in the world today?
          3. How does this problem look like at an individual level? A national level? On a global scale?
          4. What’s the worst possible thing that can happen to you as a result of this?
          5. How is it going to impact your life in the next 1 year? 5 years? 10 years?

          Doing this exercise is not to undermine the problem or disclaiming responsibility, but to consider different perspectives, so you can adopt the best approach for it. Most problems we encounter daily may seem like huge issues when they crop up, but most, if not all, don’t have much impact in our life beyond that day.

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          2. Vent if you have to, but don’t linger on the problem

          If you feel very frustrated and need to let off some steam, go ahead and do that. Talk to a friend, complain, crib about it, or scream at the top of your lungs if it makes you happy.

          At the same time, don’t get caught up with venting. While venting may temporarily relieve yourself, it’s not going to solve the problem ultimately. You don’t want to be an energy vampire.

          Vent if there’s a need to, but do it for 15 to 20 minutes. Then move on.

          3. Realize there are others out there facing this too

          Even though the situation may be frustrating, you’re not alone. Remember there are almost 7 billion people in the world today, and chances are that other people have faced the same thing before too. Knowing it’s not just you helps you to get out of a self-victimizing mindset.

          4. Process your thoughts/emotions

          Process your thoughts/emotions with any of the four methods:

          1. Journal. Write your unhappiness in a private diary or in your blog. It doesn’t have to be formal at all – it can be a brain dump on rough paper or new word document. Delete after you are done.
          2. Audio taping. Record yourself as you talk out what’s on your mind. Tools include tape recorder, your PC (Audacity is a freeware for recording/editing audio) and your mobile (most mobiles today have audio recording functions). You can even use your voice mail for this. Just talking helps you to gain awareness of your emotions. After recording, play back and listen to what you said. You might find it quite revealing.
          3. Meditation. At its simplest form, meditation is just sitting/lying still and observing your reality as it is – including your thoughts and emotions. Some think that it involves some complex mambo-jumbo, but it doesn’t.
          4. Talking to someone. Talking about it with someone helps you work through the issue. It also gets you an alternate viewpoint and consider it from a different angle.

          5. Acknowledge your thoughts

          Don’t resist your thoughts, but acknowledge them. This includes both positive and negative thoughts.

          By acknowledging, I mean recognizing these thoughts exist. So if say, you have a thought that says, “Wow, I’m so stupid!”, acknowledge that. If you have a thought that says, “I can’t believe this is happening to me again”, acknowledge that as well.

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          Know that acknowledging the thoughts doesn’t mean you agree with them. It’s simply recognizing the existence of said thoughts so that you can stop resisting yourself and focus on the situation on hand.

          6. Give yourself a break

          If you’re very stressed out by the situation, and the problem is not time sensitive, then give yourself a break. Take a walk, listen to some music, watch a movie, or get some sleep. When you’re done, you should feel a lot more revitalized to deal with the situation.

          7. Uncover what you’re really upset about

          A lot of times, the anger we feel isn’t about the world. You may start off feeling angry at someone or something, but at the depth of it, it’s anger toward yourself.

          Uncover the root of your anger. I have written a five part anger management series on how to permanently overcome anger.

          After that, ask yourself: How can you improve the situation? Go to Step #9, where you define your actionable steps. Our anger comes from not having control on the situation. Sitting there and feeling infuriated is not going to change the situation. The more action we take, the more we will regain control over the situation, the better we will feel.

          8. See this as an obstacle to be overcome

          As Helen Keller once said,

          “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved.”

          Whatever you’re facing right now, see it as an obstacle to be overcome. In every worthy endeavor, there’ll always be countless obstacles that emerge along the way. These obstacles are what separate the people who make it, and those who don’t. If you’re able to push through and overcome them, you’ll emerge a stronger person than before. It’ll be harder for anything to get you down in the future.

          9. Analyze the situation – Focus on actionable steps

          In every setback, there are going to be things that can’t be reversed since they have already occurred. You want to focus on things that can still be changed (salvageable) vs. things that have already happened and can’t be changed. The only time the situation changes is when you take steps to improve it. Rather than cry over spilt milk, work through your situation:

          1. What’s the situation?
          2. What’s stressing you about this situation?
          3. What are the next steps that’ll help you resolve them?
          4. Take action on your next steps!

          After you have identified your next steps, act on them. The key here is to focus on the actionable steps, not the inactionable steps. It’s about regaining control over the situation through direct action.

          10. Identify how it occurred (so it won’t occur again next time)

          A lot of times we react to our problems. The problem occurs, and we try to make the best out of what has happened within the context. While developing a healthy coping mechanism is important (which is what the other helping points are on), it’s also equally important, if not more, to understand how the problem arose. This way, you can work on preventing it from taking place next time, vs. dealing reactively with it.

          Most of us probably think the problem is outside of our control, but reality is most of the times it’s fully preventable. It’s just a matter of how much responsibility you take over the problem.

          For example, for someone who can’t get a cab for work in the morning, he/she may see the problem as a lack of cabs in the country, or bad luck. However, if you trace to the root of the problem, it’s probably more to do with (a) Having unrealistic expectations of the length of time to get a cab. He/she should budget more time for waiting for a cab next time. (b) Oversleeping, because he/she was too tired from working late the previous day. He/she should allocate enough time for rest next time. He/she should also pick up better time management skills, so as to finish work in lesser time.

          11. Realize the situation can be a lot worse

          No matter how bad the situation is, it can always be much worse. A plus point vs. negative point analysis will help you realize that.

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          12. Do your best, but don’t kill yourself over it

          No matter how bad your situation may seem, do your best, but don’t kill yourself over it. Life is too beautiful to worry so much over daily issues. Take a step back (#1), give yourself a break if you need to (#6), and do what you can within your means (#9). Everything else will unfold accordingly. Worrying too much about the outcome isn’t going to change things or make your life any better.

          13. Pick out the learning points from the encounter

          There’s something to learn from every encounter. What have you learned from this situation? What lessons have you taken away?

          After you identify your learning points, think about how you’re going to apply them moving forward. With this, you’ve clearly gained something from this encounter. You’ve walked away a stronger, wiser, better person, with more life lessons to draw from in the future.

          Get the manifesto version of this article: [Manifesto] What To Do When Things Don’t Go Your Way

          Featured photo credit: Alice Donovan Rouse via unsplash.com

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