Rituals – activities that link past, present and future and help us to step out of ordinary time – play a strong and important role in emotional health. They deepen relationships, allow the expression of important values and offer a sense of security and continuity – all the more so during the holidays. Daily rituals can provide a sense of calm, and can be anything from a morning walk with the dog to writing in your journal before bedtime.
To make your holiday gatherings more meaningful, consider reinvigorating old traditions and creating your own holiday rituals. Handmade presents – a great way to spend time with friends and loved ones while creating the treasures – often express more meaning than generic, store-bought gifts. Having everyone share a favorite thought of holidays past can fill a room with laughter and good memories. Taking a moment before a meal to remember loved ones who have passed on can be deeply meaningful. Even new rituals can be rewarding; think of something you would like your family to carry on throughout the years, and put the ritual in place.
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