Take time during the holiday to create a tangible reminder of the blessings in your life. A gratitude tree may be made using a tree branch you bring inside. Try to use a branch that that has fallen on it’s own. Write things you are grateful for on leaves cut from paper, create a hanger using yarn or string and hang from the branch. Or tie ribbons to a tree or branch.
You could also turn your Christmas tree into a gratitude tree. Or save a tree and tie your blessings to a live tree in your yard. You can add blessing as you think of them and see how they add up or create a special blessing ceremony with readings, songs, prayers, poems or other things you find meaningful.
Of course this is a good activity to use with children. But don’t we all need to stop and remember how blessed we truly are?
It is important that we continue on our regular spiritual path during the holidays. Do not let your daily practices get lost in the busyness of the season. Continue to make time each day to meditate, pray, read from sacred texts or devotional materials and any other spiritual practices that are a regular part of your life.
Now that doesn’t mean we can’t get creative with our practices. We can even focus on light or the particular light holiday we celebrate. The important thing is to stay centered, grounded and connected to Spirit.
There are materials out there to assist you with this or you might want to create your own. Here are a few to get you started: