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 …

Rituals for Everyday Meals

Sarah Ritchie Rituals

Compared to most holidays, American Thanksgiving has stayed true to its original intent. By the millions, Americans travel to be with other family members. Those of us who are not near family—orphans—gather together to partake in a meal with friends. Unlike holidays such as Labor Day or Memorial Day, Thanksgiving maintains a connection to the concept of its founding in …

Meg Cox: How to Create Great Rituals

Sarah Ritchie Rituals

Long before I became a Celebrant, I had a little glimpse into my future work. Some years ago, I became aware of a terrific, fun book called The Book of New Family Traditions: How to Create Great Rituals for Holidays and Everyday. The book was written by Meg Cox, who is married to the fellow who was my boss at …