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guidl's Christmas Traditions

Joe Butler
January 17, 2024
5 min read
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As I stepped outside for my stroll this morning, the cold breeze caught me off guard. The crisp winter air is now nipping at our cheeks, reddening our faces and penetrating through more and more of our winter layers. Undeterred, I continued walking down the path and as I did so, a twinkling caught my eye. A man was peddling down the road on his bicycle with colourful Christmas lights wrapped around the frame. The flashing lights persisted, long after his figure zoomed off into the morning mist. A sure sign, I thought, that the Christmas season is well and truly here.  

For me, this advent period is an opportunity to celebrate the season's values of goodwill, hospitality and gratitude. It's the perfect time to wholeheartedly embrace time-honoured traditions, whilst also looking ahead to the future and the possibility of creating new, memorable rituals. This weekend, me and my family  will take part in one of our newer festive rituals. We'll have a big roast dinner, followed by a walk around Blenheim Palace's Christmas Light Trail. As well as marking the season, I think the tradition provides a sense of continuity, closeness and an opportunity to be creative.    

I'm particularly interested in traditions as guidl enters its first Christmas. Perhaps inspired by the John Lewis' Christmas advert, which reportedly caused sales of Venus Fly Traps to spike 2000%, we've been thinking of defining the key ingredients of a guidl Christmas. At guidl HQ we're trying to get everything in place for guidl's launch on the app store in early 2024, whilst the guidl creators are like elves; working hard building new and exciting guidls and guidl tours, ready to be enjoyed in the new year.  

How might this manifest? We hope that by next Christmas you might start a Christmas tradition of going on a guidl tour of Scrooge's London; you might do your shopping in the Land of Sweets guided by the Sugar Plum Fairy, or you might use guidl to challenge yourself and explore alternative perspectives on the Christmas season.    

We hope, that as 2024 dawns, you use guidl to share in the joy of bringing your world to life. We hope you feel the hospitality as a guidl creator takes you into their world on a guidl tour, and we hope it sparks gratitude for the wonderful world we all share.

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