How to make the Winter Hollies rituals sacred, meaningful, fun and unique to you
1) Send yourself a simple, thoughtful present you normally would never ever – like flowers and a sweet note. Try to find something else besides what you feel like you “must” have while shopping for others. These flowers are from my garden and though it was a challenge…I wrote a loving letter to myself.
2) Decorate a part of your house just for yourself. It’s very easy to get caught up this time of year in what we perceive others would like and forget about ourselves completely. It doesn’t have to be a big deal: my little special décor was a vintage xmas bulb/pinecone/mistletoe. I love it!!
3) Find some decorations that have that smell that just brings you back to your favorite holiday or evokes what you would like your new holiday rituals. I personally love sage, pinecones and vanilla. But feel free to add cinnamon, eggnog (which is what exactly?) And make holiday decorations from these smells – fragrance is soooo powerful!
4) DANCE! If you know me, you know this is my jam. I love to dance! There are so many songs that are only played during this holiday season, which makes it extra special to dance to them. Each year, I find new discoveries and carve out some time to stretch and dance to these songs that are glorious! It feels like a dance prayer.
5) Plant something. I live in California and am blessed to easily find a flower or vegetable to plant year round. However – this ritual is holy, lovely, rewarding no matter where you live! You can plant a spring bulb or so many other earthly treasures. The experience of planting is beyond holy (to me) and the sweetness of seeing the seedling begin to break ground and blossom is one of the most rewarding experiences!
6) Volunteer. OK – I know you have heard this before. Many people decide to volunteer for the homeless on Christmas only to find that many other people had this same lovely idea and there’s too many cooks in the kitchen I recommend volunteering at a hospital. I have been on both sides on Christmas: in the hospital as a patient and serving/entertaining other patients. All I can say is: WOW! You will never regret or forget this experience. (ok, so I said more than wow
Please add to this list, share your experiences and Happy Happy HOLYDAYS from my hear to yours. xo Dolphina
Posted on Sat, December 10, 2016
by Ms. Dolphina