Blessing the Animals

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I’ve recently joined the hoards of people who adopted puppies and/or kittens during the pandemic.  My kitten “Boots” came to join me about two weeks ago.  I arranged to have a seminary friend bring little Boots to New York from North Carolina.    He’s added a lot to my little apartment and my life—early morning pleas for food and attention, lots …

Honoring One’s Heritage

Sarah Ritchie Family Celebrations, Holidays

My celebrancy work has been a potent catalyst in my exploring my ancestral connection to Scotland.  Although I visited Glasgow and Edinburgh decades ago, it wasn’t until I had the pleasure of working with Scottish couples that I felt a deeper connection to this part of the U.K., learning about their history, customs, holidays, and such.   And, so today, I …

Homespun Christmas Memories

Sarah Ritchie Family Celebrations, Holidays, Rituals

I’ve always appreciated the quotation from the writer Paul Pearsall—that family helps us understand what everything means and how to make everything meaningful.  For those of who embrace the Celebrant life, we try to imbue all of our traditions with meaning, and I find that especially so during holidays. I do not have children, and as an adult I have …

The Unending Gifts of Being a Celebrant

Sarah Ritchie Family Celebrations

A fundamental principle of the Celebrant movement is that a well-lived life marks and honors important events, rites of passage, and transitions—those filled with joy, as well as those marked by sorrow. Celebrant-led ceremonies are not merely “events” noting some significant life milestone, but they provide context, resonance, remembrance, understanding, and healing for those involved. I believe that I was …