The Traditions of Dressing for Dinner
Thanksgiving, Sukkot, Paiwan, Kwanzaa, Harvest Home. Around the world, celebrations are
held to give thanks to the gods for a successful and bountiful harvest. Rites and rituals are
observed through meals, prayer, music, and beyond.
Traditions of each festival or celebration may vary around the world, however, one major
theme, and tradition seems to be a common thread amongst them all: Gratitude, and Splendor.
Tables are set, food is plated and presented. Even home decor is elevated with various themed
adornments. During these feasts, anywhere you look, the scenery is “dressed up”. Whether it is
part of superstitious practices to please the gods for future harvests, or simply showing
gratitude for the current bounty, setting a scene of finery and splendor is part of the tradition.
As we move forward with our holiday meals this year, think about expanding this into your own
personal gratitude practice. Consider showing up to your holiday meal(s) decked out in
decadence. Whether it be with friends and/or family, at a public space, or in a private home,
dressed in your best finery to honor the harvest, and time spent with loved ones.
Celebrate the splendor of the moment from start to finish. First by teasing your tresses,
perfecting your wardrobe, and finding the perfect accessory to finish the look. Next, present an
offering. This could be flowers for the host, a dish to pass, or even a few extra candles for the
restaurant table should you be going out. Gifts of gratitude are always appreciated. Finally, if
one hasn’t been offered, suggest a blessing to the host, or say your own. Giving thanks for the
bounty, the reason, and time with those you love is the perfect way to spend a holiday. Adding a little personal style, sparkle and shine is the perfect touch to complete the occasion.
Lindsay Lewis is an Akashic Records reader, podcast host, and spiritual lifestylist. Using
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