I. Love. Christmas.
I love the music. I love the lights. I love the food. I love the memories. This holiday gives me the warm fuzzies like no other. I get all Tiny Tim and love the whole world. And then I'll see some of the nonsense that happened on Black Friday and I get all Scrooge on everyone's butt. I've done 90% of my Christmas shopping online and I'm STILL stressing about whether or not I got everyone stuff that they'll like, or whether or not I got the kids the same amount of presents so no one gets out of sorts and ends up rolling around on the floor, squabbling about who got one more gift than they did... It's enough to Ebenezer a saint, and trust me. I'm no saint.
It was in one of my stressy, Scrooge-y moments that I came up with this spread. I didn't get any actual ghostly visitors, but somehow they managed to get their points across, anyway. So without further ado, here's my "A Christmas Carol" spread. (And major props to my youngest, Randy, for putting this together for me. He is a whiz at Paint. :-) )
1. The Ghost of Christmas Past - This can be a happy memory of holidays past, or may even be a clue from the past about what's causing you to stress this year. Pretty much depends on the card that falls here.
2. The Ghost of Christmas Present - This is the card of What's Happening Now. Again, depending on the card, maybe great. Maybe not so great.
3. The Ghost of Christmas Future - (This is the Ghost that always scared the crap out of me when I was a kid. I'm still not a fan.) But anyway, this is the card that will tell you what's going to happen this Christmas. I'm hoping that everyone gets a positive card for this position, but if by chance you don't, remember what Scrooge himself said about the Future--"But if the courses be departed from, the ends will change." You've got 8 days to fix stuff. ;-)
4. God Bless Us, Every One! -- The bonus card. This is your holiday blessing card. If it's a bit less than positive, invert that sucker! Tiny Tim will NOT give you a negative meaning here, dammit! :-) Be blessed!
I hope that you'll experiment with this spread before the Big Day, and that your results will let you honor Christmas in your heart and keep it all year long! And if you don't celebrate Christmas, may the Spirit of Joy and Peace fill your heart and keep it all year! (And below, for your enjoyment--and mine--is Sir Patrick Stewart, bringing A Christmas Carol to life.)