Merry Christmastide to you all! The Twelve Holy Nights of Christmas is a special time throughout the world for many people, and also holds a special place in the hearts of those involved in Waldorf Education.
Today is the Feast of Saint Stephen, the first Christian martyr, and also a day alms boxes for the poor were distributed. In England, this day is known as Boxing Day and is an official holiday!
I invite you during these twelve holy and blessed days and nights to take the time to unplug, to spend time with family, to dream and to imagine the year of wonder that lies ahead.
Your Inner Work For Yesterday and Today:
December 25th: Think about your own birth: the circumstances, your family, your own physical body as an infant and as a child. Write down your impressions. Pick three words that describe your physical body as an infant and child. Were you frequently sick or robust? Did you have any physical challenges?
December 26th: Think about the Early Years, ages 0-7. Did you feel loved and accepted and as if you belonged? When you think back, what were you like then? What composed your whole world? Do you have an early impressions of nature and how that affected you?
Ordering Your Outer World For Peace:
Schedule your screen time. Many of my readers don’t watch TV, but many do spend copious hours on the Internet – facebook, reading blogs, blogging themselves, email, etc. The computer can be one very big time suck. Schedule your time, and most of all, plan breaks this holiday season to unplug completely. Make a schedule for your own screen time; this in and of itself will free up time to help to nurture yourself, organize your home and plan for homeschooling.
Nurturing Yourself: The Art of Mama Care
Today is a great day to make doctor’s and dentist’s appointments, or any other appointment for your health. I talk to mothers all the time who have not had any sort of preventative medical or dental care in years. Please don’t let this be you! If you use alternative health care, now is also a great time to schedule those appointments.