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Have Yourself a Merry Christmas Ritual.


“Snowflakes swirl down gently in the deep blue haze beyond the window. The outside world is a dream.

Inside, the fireplace is brightly lit, and the Yule log crackles with orange and crimson sparks.

There’s a steaming mug in your hands, warming your fingers.

There’s a friend seated across from you in the cozy chair, warming your heart.

There is mystery unfolding.”


― Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration




This Christmas is going to be very different for a lot of people.


I am thinking of those families who come together at this time of year as it is the indelible date in the diary. It is the time when it is compulsory to squeeze around the table and eat, talk and make merry, at least that is the general intention. As we are probably acutely aware the family gathering may not be able to happen at all this year and one can quite imagine that even for those families where squabbling and arguing is a seasonal norm, the general pandemonium and bickering will be greatly missed.


But the show will and must go on.


Bah humbug takes on a whole new meaning! I have enjoyed the lighted windows and the dressed trees which have gone up early this year, a sure sign that we are all in need of a jolly holiday!


In my home we are no exception, the tree is up and the tinsel adorns the picture frames. I want to be rid of the cynicism and the fatigue. This year has been a challenge on so many levels and it seems Christmas might provide a glimmer of light and warmth that will fuel us for the uncertainty of the months to come.


The Ghost of Christmas.


As we slide further into December, a feeling comes upon me as it does most years. It is like a memory and perhaps it is the Ghost of Christmas past and the wonderful but simple festives my Mother put together which now very much belong to a bygone era, perhaps it is something even further back than fanciful nostalgia.

I like to celebrate the light at this time of year. I feel myself preparing for it, creating a space for the brighter days to come. I acknowledge the power of the dark and to live with it brings its own magic. I celebrate the full barn and there will be enough to see me through until the sun returns; there is also enough to share. I think of my ancestors and loved ones who all know what it is to be and live at this time of year. In days gone by light would have been so important.


This memory is a bit like a ritual. It happens every year. I think I have some other rituals that only happen at Christmas time.


Putting the tree up in the house is the first step towards acknowledging the holidays draw close. It looks lovely in baubles and lights. I have collected baubles since my kids were very young and each one has a story. In more recent years I have acquired some from my travels which add to the family legends which we love to tell on Christmas Eve.


There are rituals around food, a particular meal for the 24th and the obligatory belly busting dinner on the 25th, each of us has an annual preference as to what we will eat.


Christmas crackers...love or hate them, they are hard to avoid as a dressing for the table and it is amazing the length of time that one will wear a paper crown.


I make a little time to sit with those who have gone before, to savour the spirit of Christmas and to reflect on what has gone and what might be coming in. It is a time of prayer, contemplation and thanksgiving. I like to craft some Tarots and enjoy the moment within.


What are your particular rituals?

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Here is a little 4 card spread to get you in the mood!

  1. The gift that was the year gone by.

  2. A gift I would like to receive.

  3. The gift I would like to give

  4. Blessings this Christmas will bring.

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