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Feng Shui Your Holiday Decor

The Holiday seasons are upon us as we prepare to spend time with our families and reflect upon the year and be thankful for all we have–food, shelter, clothing, health, family, or whatever.

This holiday season, as you are cleaning your house for Thanksgiving and putting away items to make space for your Christmas tree, it is a great time to the clear the old from your life and start all over again in the New Year—the Feng Shui Way.

For prosperity this Thanksgiving, place a bowl of fruit on your Thanksgiving table to bring good luck from the fall harvest into the home and to promote a New Year of abundance.   Throw away all chipped dishes. Chipped dishes are a sign of poverty and lack. Use dressy paper plates as opposed to chipped dishes.  Dishes are fairly inexpensive to replace.  Also have eight different food choices at dinner. Eight is the number of wealth. Be sure to serve a yummy dessert as a reminder of the sweetness of life.
To prepare your home for Christmas, do a thorough house cleaning getting rid of all old clutter, boxes, and items that you no longer need. This is a good time to donate to a homeless shelter or Salvation Army. Be brave and clear it out.

Before decorating, remove all objects to be stored until after Christmas and create open space for the holiday decorations. Keep the holiday in a natural motif with lots of wood energy.

Outdoor lights may be hung along the pathway and at your front door to draw energy to the front door. Melodic sounding wind chimes or ornaments may be placed at your front door to resonate energy coming into the home.

Choose colors and a Christmas theme that are attractive to you.

Brighter colors lift energy; muted colors calm energy. Design items should be in pairs or multiples of 3, 5, and 7. Use colorful ornaments, lights, and icicles to lift energy.

Use power strips instead of extension cords. Visible electrical cords are draining and symbolize too much going on, which can cause anxiety and a feeling of being spread too thin. Are you plugged into TOO much?

Decorate your bathroom with cheerful holiday towels and scented soap. Make the bathroom as inviting as possible. When guests wash their hands in your bathroom it will make them feel prosperous and help to bring money to your home.

For peace of mind and serenity, place a pot of oranges and apples in water on the stove and simmer through the holiday season. Also, serve a good-spiced wine.  Mulling spices are available at most fine grocery stores. This yummy warm beverage gives a feeling of peace and comfort.

Play Christmas music in your home to set the stage for peace, joy, and giving.  Music moves the energy of the home.

To balance the home with the Feng Shui elements, place water at your front door, either in the form of a fountain or still water, to renew and cleanse all energy coming into the home. Place orange and frankincense oil in the fountain or water.

For increased growth and creativity in the home, add the wood element of the Christmas tree.

The beautiful wrapping paper also is synonymous with the Wood element. Light the tree to bring in the opportunity for new growth and creativity. If you do not celebrate the Christmas season, you can still put up a tree symbolizing something in your life of great importance and decorate it appropriately. Rename it ‘The  _______________ Tree.’

The Christmas tree lights symbolize passion and transformation and are the best form of fire energy at Christmas time. The beautiful lights and color promote a feeling of well-being.  In addition, create an alter which consists of frankincense and myrrh bulk incense and real gold in the center of your home. Real Gold is preferred to symbolic gold, to symbolize wealth, the metal element.  You may also place a Buddha, Jesus, Nativity Scene, or other spiritual deities on your alter to balance the energy of the home with peace and unconditional love. You may also add rice, salt, and berries to the alter for abundance. Salt, the earth element of grounding and security is used to clear all negative energy.

Place a white candle for Spirit on the alter. Place smaller candles symbolizing all members of the family or friends, alive and deceased, who you wish to honor and stay connected to. Spray the essential oil of cinnamon, myrrh, and frankincense around the entire home to clear the home. Light the candle and say a prayer, while visualizing your desires for all.  Leave the alter throughout the holiday season, replacing the candles as needed. Be extremely careful of all fire dangers.  USE electric candles if small children or animals are present and present a danger.

Leave these objects in place throughout the Christmas Season to solidify the strong sacred energy you wish to take into the New Year.

May you have a Happy Thanksgiving and a Merry Christmas.

By Mary Shurtleff, a contributing blogger for JenningsWire.