On this evening, we ask for the clarity to give thanks and appreciate the blessings that are our beloved in our lives. These can include our family, friends, or even our interweb acquaintances who have seen us through good times and bad. It is a night to embrace the Love in our lives that comes through these connections.
One thing that is very important when appreciating our Beloved is to recognize that the ties that bind can fray. Sometimes they were never woven officially, as is often when folks grow up together. The blended family is often in the second group.
For those who are living the Blended Blessing, the author recommends this night to make new Traditions. This way this adds more strands to the weaving of those ties. Special recipes, game nights, fairs, all these are important.
A family Book of Shadows is a great project also. Combined energies add to the flavor. If it is a mixed religious situation, then Lydia M N Crabtree has a great ritual called the Family Light that is recommended. Every evening, at the same time, the family joins together and lights a candle to burn bright and symbolize the warmth and love shared by the family. Even if a loved one is not present, they know that at that moment, someone is thinking of them and holding them in their heart.
Hold them closely tonight. And let the light shine.
Note: My apologies to those who have followed this series and missed day seven. Due to extreme illness on the part of the author, this article was not released in time. The author humbly asks your forgiveness and understanding.