Christmas and Holiday Feng Shui
Holidays are special times to bring family and friends together to enjoy celebrations, gifts and special foods. This is especially true at Christmas and Hanukkah, when we seek to share the year’s bounty by giving gifts and celebrating with those closest to us.
It’s a fun and beautiful time of year when homes and businesses are adorned with glittering lights and lush greenery.
Decorating for the holidays is also great Feng Shui because it draws attention – and intent – to your home.
We strive to create warm and beautifully decorated homes that appeal to the tastes of adults and children alike. Children will enjoy the festive ornaments and decorations of stars, gifts, Santa Claus, reindeer, the North Pole, Hanukkah gifts and the nativity scene.
Both adults and children will enjoy a beautiful Christmas tree and sparkling Christmas decorations.
This year, create a Feng Shui holiday for fun and for the greater purpose and meaning it can bring to your vacation. It’s a wonderful way to inject more mindfulness into your vacation preparations.
REMOVE UNUSED ITEMS AND TOYS.
That’s not the fun part, but it’s important. Good Feng Shui needs space for chi to circulate—and in order to grow, we need space.
So, before all the new gifts and things come into the house, take half an hour to go from room to room clearing out old, broken or unused items.
Then donate what can be used to charity and throw away the rest. You’ll feel a lot better with all the extra stuff coming into the house if you clear some of the old clutter first.
OK, that’s out of the way now…
WRAP GIFTS ACCORDING TO THE RECEIVER.
Wrap all gifts according to Feng Shui guidelines by color and recipient. Not only will the gifts be appropriate to the person, they will also be easily identifiable and easy to find.
Father/husband: gold paper
Mother/Woman: Red or purple paper
Children: Silver or purple paper
Boys/Sons: Brown, Craft, Blue, or Green paper
Girls/Daughters: Red, pink, or purple paper
Grandparents: gold or purple paper
Someone who was ill: Brown, craft, or green paper (with or without nature designs such as trees, pine branches, deer)
SEND “GOLD” FOR PRESENTS.
Whether they’re for business associates or family members, Christmas or Hanukkah oranges are considered to be “natural gold” and represent both wealth and opportunities. The word “orange” is a homophone with the word “gold” in Mandarin. Gold is always appropriate for gifts, such as Hanukkah gelt, gold-wrapped candies, and other goodies.
If you are short of gift ideas, go online and send a box of beautiful oranges. Include a note explaining how the Chinese revere oranges as representations of golden opportunity and wealth. This is how a simple crate of citrus fruits becomes a load of gold. And while you’re ordering, think about sending your own family a gift of oranges!
Other option? A beautiful box of oranges is also a great business or New Year’s gift. A beautiful flowering plant like narcissus symbolises gold and your desire for prosperity.
PLACE AND DECORATE YOUR TREE ACCORDING TO YOUR DESIRE.
A lighted Christmas tree is a large and powerful object that can be used to focus energy on something you desire.
What is your heart’s desire? More money?
Place your tree or holiday decorations in the southeast corner of your living room or home and decorate accordingly. Do you want a husband or a new man in your life? Place decorations in the NW corner of your home or living room. Just more family harmony? Then decorate in a mixture of red and gold. These two colours bring harmony and happiness wherever placed.
Whatever you want, just follow the Feng Shui decorating guidelines in #5 below.
5. PLACE RELIGIOUS ITEMS WHERE YOU WILL USE THEM.
Place nativity scenes and religious figures in the center of the living room or apartment. In the north-west, figures of the Three Kings or Santa Claus can be placed, as well as a crèche. The Three Wise Men represent helpful people who travel to visit baby Jesus. In Feng Shui, the Three Wise Men and Santa Claus represent benefactors who can also give you gifts.
The North West is also synonymous with international business and travel (and is a good place to keep travel information and suitcases). However, avoid placing your menorah here as the candles burning here are not good Feng Shui.
DECORATE YOUR CHRISTMAS TREE WITH Feng Shui
When decorating your tree for the holiday, consider using Feng Shui colours according to the direction you are placing the tree.
IN THE NW CORNER/SECTOR (helpful people, father, men, heaven, international business/travel)
Decorate with silver or gold objects, crystals, mirrors, shiny and round objects
IN THE SOUTH CORNER/SECTOR (fame, recognition, social standing)
Decorate with colours like red and green or purple and use bright lights, birds like red cardinals, phoenix or peacocks, bird nests, natural objects like twigs or pine cones, triangular objects.
IN THE EAST CORNER/SECTOR (health, family relationships, growth)
Decorate natural objects such as pine cones, tree branches with blue or green colours
IN THE NORTH CORNER/SECTOR (Career, Opportunities)
Decorate with gold, silver and/or blue colours and nautical items, shells, ships or metallic decorations and round shapes.
IN THE SOUTHEAST CORNER/SECTOR (Wealth/Abundance)
Decorate with bright green, green, blue or purple colours. Natural objects, water objects such as shells or trees with fish motifs, fruits and natural objects are perfect decorations
IN THE NORTH EAST (Education, Wisdom), SOUTHWEST (Relationships, Marriage, Women) OR CENTER CORNER/SECTOR (Health, Wealth, Relationships)
Decorate with red and gold colours together, crystals, mirrors, red or white lights.
LIGHT YOUR FOYER FOR A WELCOME ENTRANCE
Lights are perfect Feng Shui – whether they are placed in the south or in the east. Decorate your plants with tiny white lights or place them in vases. Decorate the front door with a lighted garland to bring extra energy into your home.
Whatever you do, make sure the foyer is well decorated and lit. This welcomes everyone who comes to your home and beckons opportunities because the foyer of the home is where opportunities come.
BUY YOUR HOME OR FAMILY A GIFT.
Give your home or family a gift that everyone can enjoy. This can be a beautiful painting or a simple vase (for those fresh flowers you’ll be buying yourself next year!). Or buy a game you can all play together or a popcorn maker when you’re watching movies. Anything that enhances your family time together is great Feng Shui.