Merry Christmas my friends!

Posted on December 24th, 2012

Just a little note. To say Merry Christmas to you all. And to share some thoughts that bubbled forth while I was driving from Sydney to Canberra yesterday, through two massive hail storms and with temperatures bouncing from 37C to 14C and everywhere in between. It was Big Stuff. I watched as lightening struck and, then, ten minutes later, fires bloomed along the horizon.

Image by Sarah Illenberger

And this is what I think about Christmas. It’s a very emotionally charged time of year. You’ve probably heard about Emoto’s experiments with water that show how our emotions can affect water molecules (bad human moods destroy the structure, good ones make them as perfectly pretty as snowflakes).

Well, let’s have a think about what happens when A LOT – LIKE BILLIONS – of humans around the world charge up their emotions on the same day? That’s a lot of energy buzzing about, shifting water molecules around the planet. Creating spot fires. Tears. Bigness.

Christmas is a whole heap of build up. The period becomes highly charged. Loaded. All that heightened expectation, yearning, need for connection, loneliness, sadness, reminders of past hurt and love…it’s heavy stuff.

I feel it. Every year I find myself crying at Christmas. Not from sadness, but from  A LOT OF FRIGGEN EMOTION. It all feels very big. I’m not sure if you’re the same.
It’s a good thing, if you can just acknowledge it with a smile.

Anyway, I raise a glass to you all and wish you a wonderfully EMOTIONAL and BIG festive period and hope you can let the expectation, yearning, reminders and sadness just wash on past. And that you can smile and know we’re all in this together!

PS The team will be mostly offline until January 7, but I might post some musings during the period, if it strikes me.

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  • Merry Christmas Sarah – thanks for your awesome work which is helping me on my wellness path! I’m the same – always cry at Christmas and NY – Christmas Carols set me off – you’re not alone there! xox


  • Meg

    Thanks for a great year Sarah xo
    Can’t believe that this time last year I was freaking out about going sugar free on January 1!
    Though ill be enjoying some frucose full home made plum pudding tonorror, i could never go back to my old lifestyle of constant sugar highs and lows. So thankyou!


  • Suellen

    Merry Christmas Sarah. Thanks for sharing this year and all very very best for the new year.


  • Merry Christmas Sarah, this is our first without my Dad, so it will be emotional and teary no doubt. Hope yours is peaceful and fun filled.


  • Rosie

    Wow, what a weird if not scarey drive that must have been! Yes amazing what the individual mind can achieve let alone the collective one! Have a lovely Christmas Sarah! Look forward to more wonderful insights in 2013.


  • elise

    Merry Christmas, Sarah! You champ.


  • Karen

    Merry Christmas! I imagine there will be a tear or two tomorrow as I’m away from all my family in the UK. But have a beautiful day planned with my adopted Aussie family 🙂 And will be attempting paleo ice cream and stevia sweetened almond butter fudge for dessert! X


  • Jessica Rabbit

    Merry Christmas Sarah !
    Thank you for everything youve shared this year, of all the blogs i read i look forward to reading yours the most.
    Congratulations on the successful year youve had, all the best for Christmas and 2013 xx


  • Rebecca

    Merry Christmas Sarah, and thanks for all your words, ideas, thoughts and musings this last year.
    I totally get the feeling of emotions being BIG each and every Christmas, and have never been able to articulate quite why. We have 2 massive days in a row – Christmas Day with my stepfathers family, followed by Boxing Day with my mums family. Usually by the 27th I have a revolting migrane which wipes me out for at least a couple more days.
    It’s not like I don’t enjoy the Festive Spirit, and both days – thankfully they’re not tension filled or fighting like so many others I hear about, but it still seems to get to my physically. I guess that’s my reminder to continue towards working on my physical and mental wellbeing on a daily basis and practicing self care, even when not stressed out!
    Have a wonderful break, and looking forward to hearing from you in 2013! x


  • Tracey

    Hi Sarah, Wishing you a safe and happy Christmas and a wonderful New Year. I have only just found your blog this year while searching for post hcg protocol friendly food and I’m so glad I did. Thanks for sharing your knowledge with the world. 🙂


  • Roslyn

    Merry Christmas Sarah. This will be my first sugar free one, and thanks to all your shared knowledge and recipes, books, etc, I am prepared and looking forward to a new year of good health. Thank you for your inspiration and support.


  • Mia Bluegirl

    My Christmas is usually a bit interesting. Sitting across the table from someone I never otherwise see because she continues to deny abusing children in our family a long time ago, and the rest who pretend none of it ever happened… far out man. My family could be a friggin’ soap opera. Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of our Christmas… except with a long Greek surname, and nobody’s hair or make-up look nearly that perfect cos it’s 4000 degrees.

    I used to get upset on Christmas, but after many years (and therapy) the whole thing is kind of funny. I’m an adult now, and none of that shit has to affect me if I don’t want it to. Every time I have to listen to a crazy person rant or someone tries to pick a fight over something silly, my face is listening and smiling, but I don’t engage. Inside my head I am dancing to Call Me Al with Chevy Chase. I have become the master of taking the high road. And 80s-style dancing, just incidentally.

    I read that, after Masura Emoto’s water crystal experiment, Buddhist groups were inspired to set up mass meditations to see if huge groups thinking positive thoughts at the same time could influence whole cities, reduce crime and such, and they had some positive results. Maybe if, when we all feel stressed on Christmas day, we all go outside and take a deep breath and send good vibes into the world, we will all pick up each other’s good vibes and spread some real joy around. Or something. Who knows 🙂


  • VFS

    Happy to have you in my town Sarah.
    The weather was full on yesterday, and all through the night.
    Let’s wish for calmer times tomorrow, Merry Christmas!


  • Jo

    Thank you Sarah, I was just sitting here thinking…am I the only person crying the day before Christmas! This helped normalise my emotions and washed them away.

    Mia, beautiful thought, I will certainly be out on the balcony sending good vibes if it gets all a little too emotional here.

    Wishing Sarah and all here a beautiful Christmas with all the emotions to boot!


  • Kirsty

    Merry Christmas Sarah. Just wanted to say I have really enjoyed your blog this year (new follower). I too have tears at Christmas but mine are mainly because it is the first without my gorgeous husband who passed away in January aged 45.
    But I am lucky to be surrounded by great family and friends and having interesting and inspiring people like you around to read about.
    So enjoy Canberra (I may bump into you around the lake being a Canberra girl myself!) and keep up the good thoughts. Bring on 2013 is all I can say. Best wishes Kirsty


  • Selena

    Thanks Sarah, Merry Christmas to You too! 🙂
    Last week I decided to take off to book flights to Bali with a friend – leave tomorrow, return Nye.
    It’s been a tough year emotionally and I don’t want to wollow around the xmas tree with family – I am bypassing Christmas this year, escaping for a week of massages and yoga, and will join in the festives next year!


  • Kez

    I had a big cry today too Sarah and I hardly ever cry glad to know this is normal .. Thanks a sarah 🙂 xxx


  • Angelique

    Ah, Sarah. You always nail it. When ever I can’t quite articulate or acknowledge what I’m feeling you seem to post it RIGHT AT THE RIGHT TIME and it somehow makes things make a bit more sense for me.
    Thank you.

    Hope you have an excellent festive season in all it’s mixed glory.

    Travel safe.


  • Hi Sarah,

    I just bought your ebooks and am excited about going sugar-free starting Jan 1! Maybe it’s just my anxiety (cos I can hear people saying discouraging things already), how did you deal with naysayers or the like? Thanks 🙂

    Take care and have a beautiful Christmas and New Year~


    Toni Reply:

    Don’t worry Julia, I gave up sugar and then grain too via this blog in August 2011 ( still going strong through two Christmases!) and the people who naysay the most are the sugar addicts. It usually starts with ” I don’t actually eat that much sugar…”


    Julia Reply:

    Wow, TWO Christmases! Kudos to you, Toni!

    Thanks for the encouragement 🙂 I’ll remember your words. (also just realised Sarah covers this in Week 4 of her e-book for anyone who’s considering getting it)


  • Jane

    I did something radical this year and TOOK OFF. I miss my family, but I’m not missing the pressure or the expectation at all.

    I’ll be having a quiet day and being grateful that what was shaping up to be a pretty shoddy year has turned out really well, thanks to some wise and brave decisions.

    Merry Christmas Sarah, and thank you for the musings and inspirations this year.


  • We decided to have a low-key Christmas this year but I think it’s a bit too low-key when you are searching the Seven Eleven for lunch! Btw their Christmas feast sanga is pretty damn good.


  • Victoria

    Hi Sarah..I have had no idea what has been wrong with me.I have just read your Xmas words and all of those emotions have been swirling around in my head, now I don’t feel alone but why are they so extreme around Xmas,a mystery.Thanks.Victoria


  • Erika

    I cry every Christmas and never know why. For a few days, I just feel like I could breakdown like a vase shattering. I never knew why so thank you. Next year I’m skipping and going on a holiday for 1, Lol.


  • Ms Jane

    Thanks for changing my life Sarah. Peace x


  • Angela

    Thank you Sarah for being a positive person in my life this year. As a person with an auto immune disease it’s good to come across someone like you who has been thru it all and came out the other side smiling. I have had Hypothyroidism for 17 years and no matter how much I try to educate my family about it they still don’t understand but everyone here does! Heres to 2013 – a positive year 🙂


  • Anna

    Sarah, I love the way you write – beautiful! Wishing you a wonderful 2013 where you can savour peace, love, joy, fun… and let the difficult times wash on past. Thanks for a great blog this year.


  • Anthony

    Merry Xmas. I’m really tired by this time of the year and in need of a quite time just to regroup. I also appreciate that it is not every ones favourite time.


  • mw

    Great Piece ..
    All the Best for 2013
    and thanks for the inspiration.


  • Helen

    Thanks for all that you do, think and bother to write about! You are so appreciated 😀
    Hope you’re having a chilled out time. Happy New Year…


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