By Marian Connor
This week we see the Mid Winter Solstice and Christmas. In honour of these yearly celebrations we bring you precious metal, incense and anointing oil.
Gold is linked to myth and magic because it is a precious metal that reflects the glow of the sun.
Immune to rust and decay, gold ornaments have been found in sites from 4000 BC and myth and legend feature gold, golden hair, golden swords, golden apples, gifts to the gods.
Ancient people used gold for healing. Alchemists put it into drinks to comfort sore limbs (Arthritis).
Today gold is injected as a treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis.
It has been grown and traded for over 5000 yrs.
This aromatic gum is used in medicine and perfume.
A symbol of holiness, burnt as an offering to the Gods.
This fragrant resin is often used to embalm the dead.
It heals wounds.
Has sedative properties.
It’s anti- everything.
“But what funny things to give a baby – gold, frankincense and myrrh. That’s men all over! It wouldn’t cross their minds to bring a shawl.”
To balance out the grandeur of the gold we give you festive humour of the cracker variety, which Karen insists will raise a smile, although I’m not so sure.
What’s the most popular Christmas wine?
‘I don’t like brussels sprouts!’
Which famous playwright was terrified at Christmas?
Who is Santa’s favourite singer?
What’s the best thing to put into a Christmas Cake?
What do reindeer hang on their Christmas trees?
The Christmas cracker was invented by a baker, Tom Smith in the 1840’s. On a trip to Paris he discovered bon-bons, which he liked visually, sweets wrapped in colourful twisted paper. On his return to England he experimented with the shape of these bon- bons, mixed with mottos, similar to those found in fortune cookies, and added a ‘crack’ to them for an element of surprise. In time they became the cracker we know today. Compulsory at Christmas meal times with jokes that create groans and dodgy paper hats. Crack on.
And finally some mindfulness, if this time of year feels a little overwhelming, either emotionally or because of over consumption, a few moments to stop, think and be, will always help improve the situation.
“Christmas is a time when you get homesick. Even when you’re at home.”
We wish you happiness throughout this time in whatever you choose to do or celebrate.
We will bring you a few more nuggets next week.
Image Tile/Header – Tom Smith’s Christmas Crackers Advertising Poster 1940
Hyperlink – 6 Mindfulness Exercises that each take less than 1 minute by Alice Boyes in Psychology Today
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