A Ceremony for the Holidays
Many of us find the traditional gathering around the holiday table is a thing of the past. I took a trip to a nearby city this year to see two separate family groups at their homes, and I am having two separate Christmas dinners at my home. Many of the family that I used to get together with have passed on and as I grow older, this will be more and more true. The big family gathering around the table becomes less possible each year. Here is a ceremony that I intend to do this year before the next gathering at my home.
I visualize the table with all of its dishes intact, as if for a large gathering. Three white candles are lit in the center of the table. I invite all of the members of my family, including those who have passed on. I invite the angels to be present also. I express my gratitude for my loving family and the beauty of the day and the setting.
I thank them all for being there and assure them that they may leave any time they wish, whether after my ceremony or after the dinner. I wish them well wherever they are.
For me this will be a meditation ceremony. Though, It could be mentioned in grace, said before the meal with a simple gratitude for the entire family. I think I may do this in my second family dinner at my home as it will seem normal to say grace.
May your Holiday be blessed with loving memories of extended family.