Christmas, Hanukkah, and Milad un Nabi are all very near Winter Solstice: the darkest days of the year. I’ve often thought about the number of holidays that occur during this time frame that include candles- that warm glow that brings a bit of cheer to each of us. In terms of feng shui, because it’s dark, cold and damp weather, it’s considered the most Yin time. (Yin exists only with its opposite: Yang. Yang is summer-long, warm days of barbeques, beach parties, and baseball games.) Then we combine the Yin time of winter with bright colors, celebration, and soccer or football games. No surprise that for some, it’s a contradiction, and for others it’s a welcome relief.
The traditional colors used in the Christmas season are a combination of red and green. Both are more Yang colors: green being more springtime and wood element color, and red being an active and fire element color. For some, it may bring up feelings of anger and frustration or even depression. Let’s think about using some alternatives to the “traditional” colors, because in 2015, you can celebrate using colors that better match your temperament, or the nature of those with whom you’ll celebrate these days.
Using Color in Your Decorations
You could bring in white and metallics if you wish to bring a bit of calm and decorum to a gathering. It feels a bit more formal one might say, and is beautiful with the use of candles and white lights. These are the colors of the metal element in feng shui, and you just might find there is more harmony and less arguments when you sit down at dinner.
Although Hanukkah (Chanukah, Hanukah, etc.- spellings vary when translated) colors are traditionally blue, white & gold, consider these options if you're celebrating this 8 day celebration starting at sundown on Dec. 6.
You could bring in aqua and turquoise to lighten the feeling of water, cold temperatures and the moisture of winter. Add a bit of the metal element (white and silver, for instance) with these colors for a spiritual yet calming influence.
Traditional royal blue (symbolizing knowledge & wisdom) gold and white (both symbolizing spirituality) can also be the color scheme for celebrating Hanukkah for a more classic approach.
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Christians use purple (or blue) and pink in their Advent candles, symbolizing wealth,(or knowledge and wisdom for blue) and harmony for partnerships in feng shui.
If you love green, then consider a lime green combined with the metallic combinations to create an energetic yet sophisticated affect. Using pears, limes and green apples amongst your decorations can help to calm it down a bit with an earth element. The earth element helps us achieve harmony by serving others. You can add purple for a nice combination and more abundance in your life.
If you can’t live without red at Christmas, then you can ground it with black or grey and add some white, silver or gold to give it sparkle. You may find it causes a higher level of energy for everyone at your gatherings, however, so be prepared.
Bringing Ch’i to Your Home
Putting up outdoor decorations will bring more energy to your house- so have the intention for what you want to see happen in your life due to the lighting. If you use white lights on your outdoor decorating, then you can leave them up through the dark months of January and February. During these dark evenings, they bring good Ch’i to your space.
Consider placing your Christmas tree in the center back of your house: the Fame/Reputation gua. This gua is represented by the element of fire, and its basic shape is pyramid or triangle, which matches the shape of a Christmas tree. If your kitchen, a bedroom, or a bathroom resides in the center back of your house, then this doesn’t work, of course. You could also improve your partnership by placing the tree in the back right hand side of the house (as you stand at the front door.)
Make certain that the decorations you use are ones that you love and bring good memories. Don’t feel obligated to use the hand-me-downs and old decorations that bring negative emotions. What do you do with those that have negative memories? Give them to charity. One person’s trash is another person’s treasure, and you want this season to be a good one.
I have a little village that my husband and I set up each year. I bought the first house when my husband and I were engaged to be married, because it’s Jones & Company Brush & Basket House (his last name.) This little village took years to collect. Each time we set it up, we talk about when we acquired each house and recall loving memories.
Put a wreath on your door. The circular shape represents eternity and wholeness. If it’s made of Christmas tree boughs, whether live or artificial it represents vitality, growth and health. Make sure it’s in great shape, however and that your spruce it up a bit if it’s looking “tired.” Remember, the entryway is the most important part of your home in Feng Shui.
Put candles in your windows. Ideally, you can utilize the battery operated ones that come on and go off automatically, making it effortless to enjoy the glow of the season. Because the windows of your home represent your eyes in feng shui, these can bring enlightenment to you and all who enter. You can ask for clarity on an issue, or it can generate new ideas for a new path that you’re going to be venturing into in the next year. It again brings beauty and light to your home even if you don’t do any other lighting outdoors during the holidays.
If you love the next six weeks, then by all means enjoy the social gatherings and fun that the season brings. If you don’t, then pare down your “have to do this” list and concentrate on the positive. The holidays, which are upon us, can be a bit calmer and restful if that’s the way you’d like them to be. One way or another, may the days ahead help you remember that those you love are as unique as you are.
Thanks to Carole Hyder and Lisa Janusz for their ideas and inspiration.
What comments, queries, or ideas has this inspired in you? I’d love to receive your photos of successful Christmas decorations inside and outside of your home. Check out my website Transformations for Interiors if you need help with your space. I’d love to help, and I always have time for my readers.
Happy holidays, one and all!