Fantastic food, fabulous fun, and wait for it…. family, are all part of dealing with the holiday season. This post could have been called a magick spell for dysfunctional family values. I’m sure everyone understands how difficult the holidays can be. Personally there have been many Holiday incidents that made the celebration less than ideal. There was the year my Grandfather Al won 5 turkeys on the night before thanksgiving. The turkeys were frozen solid and quite large. As it was so close to the holiday, I could only manage to give one away to my best friend. We had a turkey in the sink, a turkey on the fire escape, and I was terrified of not being able to defrost them properly. I’m surprised we still eat Turkey on Thanksgiving after that year.
Then there are the relatives, if we think about genetics it is a cruel mystery to ponder how we can have so much, and so little in common with people we are related to. Arguments, grumbles, and gripes can escalate during these stressful times and everyone knows it. One of my guilty entertainment pleasures is seeking refuge in holiday television during this time. Here’s one wonderful episode of Cheers with a Thanksgiving food fight. One of the main characters describes it as : “It’s Joy … It’s Dysfunction”
Yet we truly do have a lot to be thankful for. Hopefully, this year keeping the peace during the festive season will be on that list. There are certainly a few ways to make sure that happens. One of the ways you can do that is with the food that you place on the table. Check out my Pagan Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup with magick spell ancestor dishes like Marie Laveau Bread Pudding and Corn Maque Choux. One of my all time favorites is Sweet Potatoes with Lime, which my daughter serves with french fried onions, if you want to jazz it up a bit.
Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Lime
4 large sweet potatoes
4 ½ Tbs. butter
Juice of 2 limes
Salt and Pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Rub sweet potatoes with butter and wrap in foil. Bake in the oven for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until the potatoes are soft and tender. Remove from oven. Slit potatoes lengthwise, add one tablespoon of butter and ½ teaspoon lime juice to each cooked potato. Mash together, and add salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy.
In addition to recipes to make at this time consider performing a spell to help keep the peace. My new book Love Magic has one you may like- the Sweet Not Sour Lemon Spell. You can kick it up a notch for the holidays by adding cinnamon and other herbs.
Sweet Not Sour Lemon Magick Spell
Slices of Lemon
Place a slice of lemon under each chair at the table. This will help to soak up any negativity and sourness. After the meal is finished gather up the slices and dispose of under a large tree. If you are worried about questions from others consider tying up the slices, along with a pinch of cinnamon (for invisibility and healing,) in a decorative way to disguise them. Happy Holdays !
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