The longer this pandemic rages on, the more uncertainty and unrest creeps into our lives. There are, nonetheless, still avenues to well being. One antidote to feeling discouragement and discontent is gratitude. When we can find something, no matter how small, to be grateful for, negativity flees. The following from Gregg Krech at the Todo Institute is a wonderful way of including gratitude as part of decorating for Christmas.
Not everyone celebrates Christmas. So what are some other creative ways to give thanks? I know the possibilities are limitless.
“We first displayed our growing and eclectic collection of ornaments on the table, ranging from simple pre-school treasures to ornaments fit for the tree
of a Russian Czar, and then took turns selecting and hanging one ornament at a time.
But before we would hang each ornament, we’d dedicate the ornament to a specific person. We’d announce who it was dedicated to, why we chose them and
what we wanted to thank them for. A friend might get a snowman ornament in honor of the snowy creatures they made in our yard. An aunt might get an angel,
in honor of her thoughtfulness and care. The piano teacher might get a miniature piano.
The ornaments would go up, one by one, and the tree would become a canvas of love and support. Each ornament represented the kindness and generosity of
someone we know or have known.
In some cases, we dedicated an ornament to someone who was no longer alive and, in doing so, honored that person’s life and our memory of them.
We might spend 30-40 minutes each evening for 3-4 nights before completing this process. The decorating itself becomes a practice of reflection on our good fortune.
Wishing all of you peace, joy and good health for the holidays and throughout the New Year.