The sacredness of the holidays (Holy Days) bring out tradition and ceremony in the majority of us. We put up decorations we have collected over the years and bake family recipes. We join together in beautiful acts of kindness…like filling area food shelves, toy drives and community caroling. These are the things that matter, these are the things that make the gift giving season truly special.
Tradition is what you make of it…
Tradition is the weaving of the old & the new to create something that is unique to our family. About 10 years ago my family began the tradition of REGIFTING. My sister Sandy and I both simultaneously REGIFTED @ our family Yule party, it was one of the best Yuletides ever. We gave beautiful, thoughtful gifts that did not generate trash (as there was no packaging), and cleaned out the stuff from our homes we no longer needed. A few years later we started a community REGIFTING SWAP, to share the magic with others. In the last 5 years I have been thrilled to see the response from the community. The REGIFTING SWAP, is truly a community event based completely on generosity. People can come and drop off items in good quality, gift giving condition & people can come and take whatever they want for FREE! The spirit of giving is alive at these events and people come truly filled with love, joy and community spark. This year 2 other communities are joining in the love and holding REGIFTING SWAPS. It’s like a dream come true for me….less waste, and more love. You just can’t go wrong with that.
As our REGIFTING SWAP is next Saturday (December 6th, 10-4pm @ the Grindstone Cafe in Lyndonville, VT) I am eagerly going through my stuff seeing what kind of things I can get rid of. I honestly think I like this part the best. It has become my annual cleaning out. I love imagining someone else finding love in the stuff I give away. I choose with love, sometimes getting rid of stuff I still use & like. I do this because I believe in abundance! I believe in a giving river that is continuously giving back. When I give of myself, my belongings, my talents…I am contributing to this river that in turn gives back to me. I often find the things I want and need are given to me or found somewhere at a thrift store in great condition. This attitude is where abundance comes from. It’s quantum physics folks, what we believe we create. When I believe I am prosperous and have enough to share with others, I am making a statement to the Universe. I am becoming part of the whole & that whole looks out for me as well.
For me the tradition of REGIFTING comes partially from my deep desire to take care of the planet. I wed the Earth in sacred ceremony, inside Stone Hedge in the spring of 2011. It is not a vow I take lightly. My marriage to the Earth was part of my graduation into Druidry. For me being a Steward of the Earth, or Bride of Gaia comes with great responsibility. When making my offer of marriage I was asked what I was to give to the Earth. My answer was communication and action. I vowed to share knowledge through my words, knowledge on how to live a more environmental, Earth loving life. One where we acknowledge that the Earth is a living being, that we are in a relationship with. We need to treat our partner with love, kindness and respect. I also vowed to walk my talk, to take action and make changes in my own life that allow me to lead by example. I take my responsibility to heart….I believe we as a people are suffering from a disconnect to what is real and of value. We have been caught up in a marketing nightmare which steadily streams propaganda at us telling us we need to consume more in order to be happy.
But here is the truth of it folks…money does not buy happiness! Stuff does not fulfill us. In fact most people end the