It would seem that abundance is a natural fit to the holiday season. But without some mindful planning, that abundance can quickly turn into stress and chaos!

From November, it’s a downhill rush into Thanksgiving and the December holidays, with endless pressure from email newsletters and Cyber Monday to Salvation Army bell ringers reminding us to hurry up and get stuff done.

Feng Shui teaches us to simplify in every way… especially when it is challenging! To create an abundant and grateful season, you can reduce the stress with these Feng Shui tips:

Set aside time to inventory and plan

Take a quick hour or so to inventory your décor, plan your menus, figure out who, what where and when. iMom offers a great calendar for moms or follow “The Christmas Countdown” on Facebook.

Investing a bit of time up front can save you from cluttering up the cupboard with cans of pie filling and rolls of wrapping paper you don’t need – or double booking your guest room!

Think (and re-think) family traditions

This year consider is it time to let go of traditions that no longer serve you or cause too much stress: Sibling gift exchanges, Aunt Betty’s chestnut stuffing or complicated holiday shuffles.

Check in with family members and ask. You may be surprised to hear they are ready to make a change too. Traditions that bring more stress than joy are worth reconsidering and perhaps ditching altogether.

Be open to new traditions too

Christmas Caroling Singing relieves stress at the holidays feng shui tipsYou may find yourself on the other end of that “we need to talk about the holidays” conversation”. Consider it an opportunity to bring more fun and balance to the holidays.

Consider new traditions that are actually proven to relieve stress, including giving back, singing, spending time outside, and get togethers with beloved community.

Reduce yang energy, reduce arguments

Even the most connected families experience discord. To minimize family angst, incorporate a centerpiece of fresh fruit and vegetables to represent good health and longevity.

You can minimize the yang energy by keeping shiny surfaces to a minimum, and stowing the knives out of sight after you carve the roasts.

Support mellow moods by keeping the lights low and decorating with soothing earth tones.

Bring a balance of foods to the table

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When it comes to eating, we can respect traditions while also including yummy foods that support positive energy.

Balance out the heavier “cold energy” foods we associate with the holiday menus – potatoes and dressing — with spices and hot foods such as chile peppers, ginger, garlic, and chocolate.

Bring out the good dishes

Your dining room reflects a place wealth in Feng Shui, so gather in it for holiday meals… not in front of the TV. And whether it is a small gathering, or the whole neighborhood, now is the time to bring out the good china and crystal. If you have it, use it!

Consider a re-gifting tradition

In Feng Shui, re-gifting is an accepted practice because it removes things you don’t want from your home and sends them to a place where they are welcome — with one caveat.

When considering what to re-gift, you should be careful not to gift something that has a negative energy attached to it. Otherwise you may pass that energy on to the receiver.

Indulge in the spices of the season

If you love eggnog, pumpkin pie or mulled wine, there might be more to it than just the seasonal flavors. Herbs like ginger, cinnamon, anise or nutmeg have a restorative and refreshing impact on the body.

Take a 10-minute breather

There’s always time to escape the pressures of the everyday. Get outside and take a walk, no matter the weather. Breathe in the fresh air and unplug from the stresses of the moment. Not only will you feel better, but you will find your mind better able to cope with the tasks at hand when you return.

letting go of traditions that no longer serve you or cause too much stress? It’s okay to create new traditions too.

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