As with many holidays in the pagan traditions, you can find a number of practices to celebrate. I think its important to understand that’s it’s a holiday first, however, that anything you plan is correct.
We feasted. There’s something magical about sharing food with friends. We had stew with Crescent rolls, fresh salad, a variety of cheese, crackers, fruit, and hummus dip with a bread loaf. Someone even brought a jar of Jif Hazelnut spread. The best thing of all? The jar gets left at my house! NOM NOM NOM
We considered the blessings in our lives. Each of us wrote on pieces of paper the blessings we received this year, and shared them with one another. I felt its important to not just name the blessing, but explain why you feel it’s a blessing. For instance, I can say I feel blessed with friends, but its their wonderful humor and delightful conversation that I feel so very blessed to have in my life.
We considered offerings. Offerings can be literal or symbolic, to being something physical or even something spiritual. Some ideas for offerings were ‘volunteer at a soup kitchen’, and ‘daily devotionals’ for a month. The idea is that you do something to honor the gods and yourself, in appreciation of all the blessings you’ve received this year.
I am blessed with friends, my son’s terrific sense of humor, a new car, creativity, a published story, and other things. My offering is daily devotionals each morning, but also to try to be more socially active, and make changes to make the world a better place.
Book of Shadows assignment: Dedicate a page of all the blessings you’ve received this year. They can be anything from the physical plane such as a new car or job, to something less concrete such as a better mood, or your health. Once you’ve compiled your blessings, consider what you can do to give thanks for those blessings.
Here are some some ideas;
- Do something creative as an expression of spirit as well as in honor of the god/dess, and give as a gift to someone who needs it.
- Promise to do good things for others for a certain amount of time.
- Kick a bad habit
- Create a good habit in your life such as daily meditation, cut down on red meat, be more positive towards others, etc.
Use the links below to volunteer and donate;
Habitat for Humanity– building affordable housing for the poor.
Top rated charities– make sure your donations go for the right cause.
Freerice.com– this is actually a pretty fun site with games to play that help to feed the hungry.
Raise funds to help others. Check out the Squidoo page for ideas.