By Marian Connor

I was thinking…

This is the third instalment of our Wunder Kalender.

Cabinet of Curiosities – a room, display or case full of weird and wonderful things, its heyday was in 16th and 17th century Europe.

Advent Calendar – used to count and celebrate the days leading to Christmas Day


Grey wooden door marked with a white number 17


Close up of a snow drop flower

In the Roman calendar, the 17th December was the beginning of festivities to honour Saturn, the God of Agriculture. Snowdrops were associated with the planet Saturn.

If Saturnalia took place today I am sure we would partake of champagne and chocolate which contain some welcome health benefits. Champagne is as good for you as cocoa but more fun.


Old church door marked with a 18


Here is a rather interesting article on Christmas Fayre and the Origin of Festive Foods.




Italian church door marked with 19






Red church door marked with number 20






Sheree Wilson, our 8 in the Universe, Crystal Healing expert wanted to share some Winter Crystals.

Tomorrow is the Winter Solstice in the northern hemisphere. It is the shortest day and longest night. Midwinter is the season of goodwill and joy, a time for reflection and celebration with family and friends. It is also a time to bring light, colour and warmth into your home. Things to look forward to and aim for in the New Year, will undoubtedly cross your mind, as will apprehension and worry of the unknown. Thus, for some, this time of year can be both stressful and depressing. Hopefully the gentle energy of semi precious stones will help to uplift you and subtly bring peace and balance into your life, support you over the festive season and prepare you for the year ahead.

The Crystals – I suggest below help to calm the mind and body during times of stress. They encourage goodwill towards others and joy. They help us to endure cold winter days and long dark nights. All healing stones promote happiness and well-being.

Peridot – is a beautiful green calming stone that increases joy as well as physical and emotional well-being. It is a wonderful healing stone. Place on the heart and solar plexus chakras

Blue Chalcedony – is a nurturing stone, promoting friendship and goodwill. Place on throat chakra

Chrysanthemum Stone (flower stone) – this black and white stone is calming and helps increase the feelings of happiness and joy. It connects you to your inner-self, helping you to feel more centered. It is thought to be a lucky stone that brings love, abundance and courage to follow a new path. Place under your pillow, in your pocket or on any chakra.

Ametrine – is a combination of amethyst and citrine thus has the healing qualities of both. It helps to calm the mind and digestive system and is a wonderful stone for stress. Place on brow and solar plexus.

How to use crystals – The crystals mentioned above have many benefits and can be used in a variety of ways. For example, placed around the home, grouped together, carried or worn.


Art Deco blue door with number 21

Blue sky and winter tree


Today is the start of the Winter Solstice which is called ‘Yalda’ in Persian culture. Yalda celebrates the eve of the birth of Mithra, the Sun God, who symbolised light, goodness and strength on earth. It is a time when friends and family gather together to eat, pomegranates are particularly significant, drink and read poetry by Hafez.

 Micha Christmann, our 8 in the Universe, our Aromatherapist expert wanted to share a Pomegranate recipe.

Mulled Pomegranate-Apple Cider with Rosemary, Thyme & Bay

150ml pomegranate juice
150ml apple cider (for a non-alcoholic version, brewed black tea can be used)
2 sprigs fresh rosemary (or 1 teaspoon dried rosemary)
1 thyme sprigs (or 1 teaspoon dried thyme)
3 bay leaves
1 cinnamon stick

  1. Combine all ingredients in a large pot.
  2. Simmer uncovered for 20 minutes or longer, stirring as needed.
  3. Strain and serve warm in mugs.

Makes 2-3 servings


“I caught the happy virus last night when I was out singing beneath the stars. It is remarkably contagious, so kiss me.”

Hafez – Persian Sufi Poet


wooden door with number 22





I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was six. Mother took me to see him in a department store and he asked for my autograph.”

Shirley Temple

Now for the REAL stories behind these Disney Movies which could ruin your childhood.


wooden door in stone wall with number 23


black and white photograph of Canary Wharf skyline

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, winter is a time to ponder, a quiet time. Here are some exercises to allow you to retreat from the frenzy for a minute or two.  Six Mindfulness Exercises That Each Take Less Than 1 Minute.


Next Wednesday we will post the Wunder Kalender for the 24th – 30th December.


Image Tile/Header-  Cattedrale Vegatale by Giuliano Mauri


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