Freierabend is German for celebratory evenings. And it is a perfect word for what I have been trying to do for several years, have more holidays and have more celebrations. I know that I’ve written about holidays here on the blog quite often and that is sure to continue, since I love them so much.
I decided to pick at least two new holidays per month that I want to celebrate, even if it is by myself and to write them all down and make a list and to post it here. I have a few that I really like and want to celebrate and some that I already do celebrate and enjoy. I have a tentative list and need to type it all so that I can get it in the works and posted.
Then of course there are unbirthdays, which are every day of the year that is not your birthday and since this is leap year we all have another day that is an unbirthday or a birthday if you were born on February 29th. So I decided that I would try to celebrate an unbirthday each month, at least once. And since today is the last day of the month I am going to have a little unbirthday celebration right now. Yippee. I almost forgot. 🙂 I am having chocolate cake that I make in a mug in the microwave, from a recipe I found some time ago on the internet. I’m also making hamburgers, which we love. 🙂 And perhaps some salad. What a nice little celebration for us all. Happy happy unbirthday to us! To us!
So that is a goal for this new year:
Have more celebrations. Have more holidays and celebrate them. Make a list of them. Celebrate an unbirthday every month. Cultivate an attitude of celebration and joy and happiness.
Happy Easter to everyone. I hope that you have a lovely day and an enjoyable day, to those who celebrate. And to those of you who don’t I hope that you have a lovely day and an enjoyable day too! 🙂
I am going to a relative’s for a lovely meal and some time of being with others. It should be nice. 🙂
Good and healing thoughts to you all.
Yeah so Phil saw his shadow, so six more weeks of winter. Phil’s website says he has a 100% accuracy rate.
However, I looked for his accuracy rate elsewhere and found:
“According to Stormfax.com, Punxsutawney Phil has only been correct approximately 39% of the time. Of course, long range forecasts can be difficult to predict for the human forecaster.”
So Phil’s statistical accuracy says that we have a 61% chance of an early spring, not so bad. I’ll take those odds.
Happy Groundhog Day. 🙂
Let other mornings honor the miraculous.
Eternity has festivals enough.
This is the feast of our mortality,
The most mundane and human holiday.
On other days we misinterpret time,
Pretending that we live the present moment.
But can this blur, this smudgy in-between,
This tiny fissure where the future drips
Into the past, this flyspeck we call now
Be our true habitat? The present is
The leaky palm of water that we skim
From the swift, silent river slipping by.
The new year always brings us what we want
Simply by bringing us along—to see
A calendar with every day uncrossed,
A field of snow without a single footprint.
Here are some winter solstice ideas that I liked a lot:
Decorate homespace with found items of nature.
Setting an intention for celebration.
Watch the first winter sunset.
Use candles to light your home.
Set intentions for the upcoming year.
Bell ringing ceremony.
Fire releasing ceremony.
I’ve done a fire releasing ceremony in the past. It was tremendously healing and focusing. We wrote down everything that we wanted to release and heal from and then the rolled up list was burned, outside. I would like to do that again, perhaps at the new year, if it is possible.
For my celebration of Solstice this Sunday I am going to have candles, though artificial ones, do a short bell ringing ceremony, with my favorite crystal bell, and set intention for the coming new year.
A short explanation of my intention for the new year is homespace and what that entails, inner reality space, my living space, and the reality of myself that I take with me wherever I go, accepting myself and my life and the things that I am and that I love and do, so that I take my self-love and self-acceptance with me wherever I go. I’ve been working on several of these issues for some time this year, so this will be exciting because I see that I have done a huge amount of healing and progress in these areas and I’m really and seriously looking forward to my healing path in 2015.
I’m sure that I’ll be writing more about that in the near future.
“Sometimes the most real things in the world are the things we can’t see.”
~ The Polar Express
“Christmas sweaters are only acceptable as a cry for help.”
~ Andy Borowitz
“Probably the reason we all go so haywire at Christmas time with the endless unrestrained and often silly buying of gifts is that we don’t quite know how to put our love into words.”
~ Harlan Miller
“Nothing’s as mean as giving a little child something useful for Christmas.”
~ Kin Hubbard
“On St. Patrick’s Day I to pretend to be Irish. At Christmas I pretend to be good.”
“Gonna put a selfie on top of the Christmas tree because I am the star.”