Creating Holiday Rituals
Rituals – activities that invite 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. Daily rituals can provide a sense of calm and can be anything from an evening walk to view neighborhood lights, a morning walk with the dog to writing in your journal before bedtime.
To make your holiday gatherings (and even socially distant video gatherings) more meaningful, consider reinvigorating old traditions and creating your own holiday rituals. Handmade gifts – a great way to connect with friends and loved ones while creating the treasures – often mean more than a generic, store-bought gift. Having everyone share a favorite thought of past holidays can fill a real or virtual room with laughter and good memories. Talking a moment before a meal to remember loved ones who have passed on can be 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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