Festivus is here again and I couldn’t be more excited. I’ve created some recipes to stand alongside the key parts to this wonderful day. What is Festivus you may ask? It’s the holiday that crushes Hanukkah and Christmas, allows a coming together of like minds, and gives a day of fun for those who are not religious. Celebrated by George Costanza’s father, Frank, (from the comedy show Seinfeld), let’s embrace this fabulous celebration!
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To be more precise it’s the family of the writer of this episode who created Festivus:
Festivus was conceived by editor and author Daniel O’Keefe and was celebrated by his family as early as 1966. In the original O’Keefe tradition, the holiday would take place in response to family tension, “any time from December to May”.] The phrase, “a Festivus for the rest of us”, also derived from an O’Keefe family event, the death of Daniel O’Keefe’s mother.
The Festivus Pole replaces the Christmas tree and stands unadorned:
“Frank Costanza cites its “very high strength-to-weight ratio” as appealing. During Festivus, the pole is displayed unadorned. According to Frank, “I find tinsel distracting.”
I love the simplicity of the Festivus pole and I’m hoping it can inspire you to simplify this Christmas Here are a couple of blends for yourself, to help to feel less stressed and more streamlined.
Method: Nourishing Body Oil Blend
For a coat of your body use 3 teaspoons of carrier oil in a little dish and, add 7 – 8 drops of essential oil. It’s always best to patch test first before you apply all over.
***** Always put the drops of essential oil into the bottle or dish first, then add the carrier oil. It gives the scents time to create a synergistic fusion.
For a 50ml bottle of oil add 25 drops and see my articles “Ratios for Blending Essential Oils – A Reminder of the Basics” and “Aromatherapy – It’s Easy as 1 2 3”
“Spruce it Up”
Lemongrass 2 drops
Black Spruce 3 drops
Peru Balsam 2 drops
“Nothing Can Freak Me Out”
Bergamot 5 drops
Geranium 2 drops
Vetiver 1 drop
Ah yes the Airing of Grievances, straight after the Festivus dinner, seems a good way to finish off the year and start the new year afresh. Here are a couple of blends for your space to support this difficult yet necessary part of Festivus.
Method: Scent Your Space
In a traditional oil burner with a candle or a diffuser add 25 drops of oil
Mandarin 12 drops
Ylang Ylang 6 drops
Clove 4 drops
Frankincense 3 drops
“The Past is the Past”
Orange 10 drops
Palmarosa 8 drops
Lavender 4 drops
Patchouli 3 drops
The Feats of Strength championship finalises the Festivus celebrations. As depicted above, when the head of the household is pinned to the ground, the day concludes. here are a couple of blends to help you find inner strength this holiday time.
Method: Pure Pulse Point Perfume
In a little dish mix these oils and anoint your pulse points or chakras – 3 drops of essential oils and dilute with a few drops of carrier oil – always patch test first!
Lavender 1 drop
Cedarwood Atlas 1 drop
Nutmeg 1 drop
“Peace and Stuff”
Melissa 1 drop
Australian Sandalwood 1 drop
Carrot heart 1 drop
Whatever you’re doing this Christmas season, whether you celebrate or not, I hope you are able to reflect on the good things life can bring – even if they are very small.
How will you be celebrating and which oils are calling to you?