Day 4 Coping with The Season
Have a Low-Stress Yule
It's time to take a moment and think about yourself at the holidays. Remember the joy you felt at this time of year when you were a child? You can recapture that if you learn to keep your stress levels manageable. Here are some tips on how to help relieve holiday stress -- as well as how to know you're on the verge of burnout! Read More
Celebrate Yule on a Budget
With the economy the way it is, it's no surprise that one of the biggest worries people have at Yule is about their finances. Believe it or not, if you learn to focus on the meaning of the season rather than the material things you get (or give!), it becomes a lot easier to manage your money at Yule. Here are some ideas on how to have a happy Yule season without breaking your bank account... Read More
Your Non-Pagan Family
In some families, the holiday get-together is something we look forward to. In fact, it may be the only time you even see some members of your family. However, if you're a Pagan or Wiccan, and the rest of them aren't, there are times when the winter holidays can be a bit awkward. So what can you do to make the season's celebrations a bit more harmonious? Read More
I'm Pagan - Can I Still Have a Holiday Tree?
A reader writes in, "I really want to celebrate Yule as a Pagan, but my kids have gotten to expect a Christmas tree each year. Can I have one?" Find out the answer, and get some tips on how to decorate your home in a way that celebrates the season and keeps your family's traditions alive! Read More
Keeping Your Weight Under Control at Yule
Yule is a season of celebration for many Wiccans and Pagans, and that means lots of events to attend, and lots of food to eat. Next thing you know, it's January and you've got to spend your holiday bonus check on pants that are sizes bigger. Here are some common-sense ideas on how to keep those pounds off during the Yule season -- despite all the temptation! Read More As for those of us Vegan and Vegetarian Pagans with 1/3 of the fat and 1/3 of the calories in all of our food, and the abundant energy, besides portion sizes and seconds or thirds you truly don't have to focus on watching your weight, your body regulates it naturally. Just be sure to get plenty of biodiversity and vitamin enriched foods or take a supplement to ensure you're balanced especially the ladies, our hormones deplete us in so many various ways, a complex b-12 vitamin ensures healthy, balanced and consistent vitality throughout the stressful and busy holiday season.
Day 4 Continued
Counting Your Blessings
Counting Your Blessings - A Prayer of Thanks
Yule should be a time of joy and happiness, but for many people it can be stressful. This is a season to take a moment and be thankful for the blessings you have, and to take a moment to remember those less fortunate.
I am grateful for that which I have.
I am not sorrowful for that which I do not.
I have more than others, less than some,
but regardless, I am blessed with
what is mine.
If you have a set of Pagan Prayer Beads, or a Witch's Ladder, you can use these to enumerate your blessings, much as a Catholic would say a rosary. Count off each bead or knot, and consider the things you are thankful for, like so:
First, I am thankful for my health.
Second, I am thankful for my family.
Third, I am thankful for my warm home.
Fourth, I am thankful for the abundance in my life....