Christiana's Holiday Open House Tradition
Over the past eighteen years many of you have had a chance to attend or volunteer for one of my Holiday Open House events.
Last year's Open House at the Harvey Building in West Palm Beach was the biggest ever, featuring twenty-two readers and healers offering services to countless numbers of guests. Together, we raised 600 pounds of food.
In the past eighteen or so years there have only been two years that I have not held at least one Open House during the holiday season. The first was in 2007 as we were preparing to make our move from the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania to South Florida. The second will be this year.
Our move from Palm Beach County to our fixer-upper tiny home in Broward County has been quite involved. We have learned a lot about plumbing and electricity, and we have spent more time in Home Depot and Lowes than we could have ever thought possible.
The joy of living in a tiny home that we are essentially constructing with our own hands is immense.
It takes a lot of planning and preparation to create an Open House event, and so we look forward to starting planning Holiday Open House 2013 early in the New Year.
The Holiday Open House began in the early 1990's with a simple idea. I took a small hotel conference room for an afternoon right before Christmas and invited people to come in for free readings.
When we moved to a large house in Putnam, CT I had my first official reading room. We held the Open House there and my young children served as hosts.
When I opened my first business location in Putnam I invited other readers and healers to join me, and we asked attendees to bring toys to donate for the less fortunate children in our community.
When I started Tarot Circle in 2000 the Open House became a Tarot Circle event.
Over the years I held the Open House in Plainfield, New London and Niantic, CT and in Mount Pocono and Swiftwater, PA before moving to South Florida and holding it three years in a row in West Palm Beach.
We began collecting food instead of toys simply because the need for food during the holidays is so great.
I have been honored to have so many volunteers at the various Open House events. In Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Florida I have been blessed to know many gifted metaphysical practitioners, as well kind people who have been willing to act as hosts and helpers.
For all of my volunteers in South Florida, be sure that I will call on you to help out in 2013!
For all of you everywhere - please remember those less fortunate than you this holiday season, and make a donation of food, toys or cash with your local relief agency.
I appreciate all of you who have made the Open House tradition so special, and I look forward to continuing it next year.