Despite the fact that we're now deep in the throes of winter, "Heed the time limit, the five colors blind" is actually not a saying about getting caught in a snowstorm! Rather, it's a traditional Chinese axiom indicating that too much color, sound, and/or activity can have a numbing effect upon one's psyche and soul. After all, overindulging in food or assaulting your senses with excess decorations can exhaust everyone in your home!
So, for these and so many other reasons, Feng Shui suggests that you shouldn't begin your holiday decorating ritual too early; otherwise, you risk a "bah humbug" attitude descending upon your home by the time Santa finally descends your chimney. This philosophy also promises that, by using images of water and wintry scenes in your decor, you'll not only cool the holiday atmosphere, but subconsciously create more harmony and balance as well. And that's my wish for you and yours this season: harmony and balance at this time of year, and always!
Don't follow the lead of a certain jolly old man by wearing red this holiday season. Rather, don your green duds as often as possible in an effort to keep everything (and everyone) cool!
Feng Shui suggests that the holiday season is prone to an overabundance of fire energy, what with the addition of sparkling lights and candles galore. Conveniently, according to ancient Feng Shui legend, green is considered a cooling color and is known to promote peace and good feelings.
Green is also believed to absorb extra fire energy. It's a soothing color that can balance all that red worn by the big, bearded guy. Not only that, but it's said to attract prosperity and abundance, too!
So the next time someone asks you to "go green," make sure you literally wear that reminder throughout this month's sometimes-overheated holidays!
In many areas of the continent, it's awfully cold outside during the holiday season to open windows and doors for any length of time. But this is exactly what you should do at least once daily to combat anxious and/or stale energies, while at the same time inviting healthy and happy vibrations to come in and stay!
The method is easy. Simply open all your windows and doors for approximately five minutes each day this winter, and you'll feel all the better for it!
And don't forget that Feng Shui suggests that opening every window and door on New Year's Eve as the clock strikes midnight -- while throwing money and auspicious orange peels through your front door and into the house -- will bring plenty of fortune and luck throughout the coming year.
So, during this holiday season, open up those doors and windows and say "ahhhhhhh."
You're probably aware that December 21 brings the Winter Solstice, the point on the calendar when the dead of winter hits its greatest depth and the ensuing days begin to grow longer. Did you know, though, that certain customary foods are associated with the mystical energies of the Winter Solstice and can nourish you throughout the whole of the coming year?
The following recipe represents this promise ... and anyway, chestnuts roasting on the open fire ain't got nothing on bourbon and almonds!
ROSEMARY AND BOURBON ALMONDS
Makes 3 cups
3 cups of whole almonds
1/4 cup of (good) bourbon
2 tablespoons of water
1 cup of well-packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons of ground cumin
1/3 cup of minced fresh rosemary
1/4 teaspoon of ground cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon of kosher coarse salt
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Cover almonds with cold water in saucepan. Bring almonds and water to a boil, then drain. Cool almonds in cold water, pressing each almond between your fingers to remove skin.
3. Place almonds in a single layer on baking sheet. Toast in the oven until golden (approximately 20 minutes), then remove and allow to cool.
4. In mixing bowl, combine cumin, rosemary, cayenne pepper, and salt.
5. In small saucepan, bring bourbon, brown sugar, and water to a boil over medium-low heat; boil for ten minutes.
6. Add almonds to bourbon / brown sugar / water mixture, then stir to completely coat before stirring in blend of seasonings.
7. Transfer almonds to platter while still warm. Cool before serving.
Enjoy! Ho! Ho! Ho!
If you plan on traveling by air this holiday season -- and this is on the assumption that you won't be guiding eight reindeer through the sky -- then you'll want to embrace some "plane Shui" so your holidays go off without a hitch!
Feng Shui suggests that whenever you embark on a journey, you should bathe immediately before departure. And if you don't have enough time to shower or take a bath, make an effort to at least wash your hands and feet before leaving home (left hand and foot first, of course!).
Washing one's feet is a strong Shui symbol of easy travel, as this ritual will also wash away any bad energy potentially heading your way!
(And if you see Rudolph in your travels, feel free to pass this tip along to him!)
An age-old Feng Shui custom says that if you want to find fortune and luck under your Christmas tree this holiday season, you should make sure that everyone who enters your home places something special on your tree.
Furthermore, Feng Shui suggests that the best placement of your tree is either in the center or left of the room in which you place it. This philosophy also maintains that having family and friends help add decorations to your tree will naturally produce positive energies all around.
Decorating your tree with angels or cherubs, or even placing one atop it, will bring protection, peace, and goodwill to your home; hanging gold coins from the tree's branches, meanwhile, promises prosperity for all. You can even create an intentional gathering when you all haul out the holly together.
Wishing you a holiday season full of love and togetherness!