During the holiday season, we reflect on blessings, faith, family, and the future.

The holidays are hectic. Presents, cards, decorating, cooking, cleaning, cookies, candy, travel…. just the list alone creates stress! Feng Shui can be used to mitigate this stress. Feng Shui is meant to bring balance and harmony into your home and life.

Feng Shui is about utilizing the natural healing energy from the earth in your home.

How you manage your space has a major impact on your moods and relationships with others around you.

Here are a few tips to keep your home peaceful this holiday:

  • Straighten up and clean your home before bringing out decorations and putting up a tree.
  • Clean areas that guests will be in during get-togethers and parties.
  • Set a welcoming tone at the front door! Sometimes called “the mouth of chi (energy) into your home”, it’s a great place to have a fresh wreath. If not fresh, make sure it is fluffed and inviting. If using bows from previous years, primp them so they look fresh and new. Make sure any lights are working and inviting.
  • Have the entrance into your home clean and clutter-free.
  • Use blue’s and whites or silver and gold to bring in calming energy.
  • If you want to encourage connection and warmth, light a fire and/or use candles to bring in the fire element.
  • Scatter a few fresh poinsettias around your home.

The earth isn’t renewable, and future generations depend on us to take appropriate actions today.

Here are a few tips on how to be creative as well as earth-friendly:

  • Instead of using wrapping paper for gifts, use reusable fabric bags
  • If you do use wrapping paper — save large, used pieces for another gift
  • For large gifts, use a tablecloth that will continue to function
  • Check with your post office for letters to Santa…and help a family in need
  • Give gifts that can save a life (emergency car kits, solar flashlights, solar chargers, salt blocks for animals)
  • Use the sports page for athletically-inclined gifts
  • Use the comics section for fun-loving people and children

Check out this article for more ideas on how to be earth-friendly during the holiday season.

May you be exceedingly, generously, and joyfully blessed© this holiday season, always, and all ways,

Diana Garber

Feng Shui Master