Top Four Divine Acts For A Guilt Free December

Written by: Sophie Taylor

Guilt Free December: a month is for 30 days, not just for Christmas.

It’s time to cleanse your soul and pretoxify yourself. Why not have a saintly first half of December so you can really let your hair down in the debauched second half?

Prepare your liver and cleanse your soul with gift buying, charity parties and culture: it’s guilt free December. Here’s our top four divine acts to keep the demons at bay til the work Christmas do at least. 

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Divine Act no.1: Take in some culture

👼 Tel Aviv-based artist Johnathan Reiner will be showing his new exhibition, Femme Fatale at leading contemporary art gallery Hang-Up. Currently training as a neurologist, Dr. Reiner’s work addresses concepts that aren’t hard-wired into our brains, but imposed on us by the culture we live in. The self-taught print-maker has created a vibrant body of screen prints and previously unseen originals for Hang-Up’s Femme Fatale exhibition.

The Private View launch is on the evening of the 1 Dec, from 6 – 9 pm where the artist/doctor himself will be there. Behave yourselves. 

Hang-Up Gallery, 81 Stoke Newington Road, London N16 8AD

Femme Fatale exhibition open from 2 Dec 2016 – 29 Jan 2017, Private View 1st December 6-9pm.

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👼 After an entertaining few weeks following the new Atom Gallery refit on their instagram, they are ready for their close up. The official reopening party kicks off on Friday 2nd December with their debut show, ‘Excited State’: what happens when an Atom moves from one place to another and then puts on a smashing print show.

You know where it’s at. Ah ha ah at. 

Atom Gallery, 127 Green Lanes, Newington Green, N16 9DA Private View from 6-9pm (just in case you didn’t know where it’s at). 

👼 On the 6th December, the Somewhereto Network are hosting an exhibition at arts space, Green Rooms. Get ready for a night of spoken word, music and live art, all from emerging creative talent from the Somewhereto_ network. For more info on all those exhibiting and performing, get thee to the Eventbrite page

Green Rooms, 13-27 Station Road, N22 6UW.

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Divine Act no.2: Support local businesses

👼 On the 2nd December, the creme de la creme of Crouch End will be opening up late for an evening of late night shopping with tasty food, retro, vintage and kitsch. Yes, it’s Barboot time again!

Amongst the racks of vintage clothes, you’ll find homeware, hair styling and a whole host of junk to fit in your trunk.

You might just spot the event creator, Amelia and her beautiful dog Rose down at Painted Black Vintage, a clothes shop bursting with affordable women’s and men’s clothing from the 1920s to the 1970s.

Crouch End Barboot, Late Night Shopping

2nd December, 7pm – 10:30pm

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👼 Keep it local, keep it safe. This Christmas, why not polish your halo by getting the shopping done early (like this weekend) and hella local. Less effort, better gifts, great karmic retribution.

As part of Small Business Saturday, Stroud Green N4 are hosting a trail of goodliness from their very own shops and pubs. Pick up a Stroud Green Christmas Trail card (lovingly created by wondrous design agency, The Barefaced Movement) from any shop bearing the Christmas Trail poster. Collect stickers from participating venues and receive free drinkies for your support.

Go forth, get stickered, be merry!

Small Business Saturday Stroud Green Trail

3rd – 4th December

Divine act no.3: Buy gifts for others

👼 For all your Christmas shopping needs head to Alexandra Palace on the 4th. From fabulous fashion, menswear, jewellery and accessories to quirky items for the home, plus antiques and collectables. Download the 2-4-1 entry voucher and pay just £3 on the door. Stalls will include vintage ladies & menswear, jewellery & accessories, homeware, posters, collectables & curiosities.

Pop up Vintage at Alexandra Palace, stalls open from 9.30 to 4.30pm.

👼 Every Monday, the Islington Christmas Market is opening again. Luckily it has relocated this year to the Angel Shopping Centre, where you’ll be met with a very warm reception in the form of market stalls in festive chalets selling Christmas décor and gifts. Expect speciality chocco, wooden laser cut jewellery, candles and the world’s smallest champagne bottle. 

Angel Shopping Centre Islington, Monday – Fri 11am – 7pm, Sat 10-6pm, Sun 12-5pm

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Divine act no.4: Host a charity party

👼 Host a Crisis Christmas Party from 5th – 11th December. Crisis is the national charity for single homeless people, dedicated to ending homelessness by delivering life-changing services and campaigning for change. Help make a difference to people facing homelessness this Christmas with a Crisis Christmas party. Your Crisis Christmas Party can be whatever you fancy. Turn your existing event into a Crisis fundraiser, have fun and raise funds for a good cause. Tis the season for overindulging whilst thinking of others after all. If you can’t make that week, don’t you get your knickers in a twist! Relax and do it when you can within the month. The main priority here is making sweet sweet money for an incredibly worthy cause. More deets and reading material here.

Of course there are hundreds of other ways to appease your dark soul and repent for past grievances before 2016 is through. Have a look at some more conscience busting suggestions in our article, 7 Ways To Save Your Soul.

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Art, Cocktails and Mysticism in a Hair Salon

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