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Natural Awakenings Milwaukee Magazine

December 2023 Publisher Letter

Dec 01, 2023 12:00AM ● By Jordan Peschek
Happy Holidays, friends!

At this time of year, we feel the seasonal shifts in large and small ways. The Earth’s tilt and orbit lead to less sunlight hours, the cold temperatures slow things close to stillness, birds have flown south and the outside world grows quiet. We, too, find ourselves shifting routines in alignment with the season, instinctively and intentionally. It is in all of these natural changes that I find reminders of how we are all connected. How everything is connected.

With our mission to promote healthy living on a healthy planet at Natural Awakenings, we strive to continuously bring you fresh ideas to honor body, mind and spirit as well as the planet. How frequent it seems that these things are interwoven.

We keep all of this in mind as we explore the holiday activities and festivities of the season. Getting creative for the holidays can be fun, healthy, love-filled and cost effective. And the little things we do add up.

Our feature article, “The Grace of Giving and Receiving,” reminds us about the shared healing that can be appreciated though acts of generosity, from the largest to the smallest. Just as the holidays can bring us closer to those we love, they can also stir up reminders of what and who we’ve lost. By helping others with trauma and grief, lending a helping hand, spreading hope and gratitude, we can bring more light into this world and into our hearts.

We also hope to inspire people to find a more inclusive and enjoyable holiday feast by honoring different cultures, needs and preferences. We explore these ideas and some great recipes in our Conscious Eating article.

Just as the trees drop their leaves and take a season to rest, we need time during each day and each year to honor our inherent need to balance work and play with pause and rest. We have some suggestions for staying active and healthy this season in our Fit Body department, and be sure to find time to relax and slow down as well.

Our Eco Tip shares some ideas to celebrate the holidays in eco-friendly fashion, and we round out the issue with clothing donation tips in our Green Living section and ideas to upcycle items into homemade pet playthings in our Natural Pet department.

Wishing you love, light, hope and peace in this holiday season. We hope these elements carry into your new year as well.

From our hearts to yours, happy holidays and a joyous new year!

Jordan Peschek, RN-BSN