So I’ve been getting a lot of feedback from my friends that I’ve been talking incessantly about the Christmas Market. “It’s great,” they say, “but there’s only so much info about that holiday tree that I can absorb in a given week!”
In true Guidette fashion, I will now rebut: thanks, you jerk-offs. (I still love you though, please don’t stop reading my blog).
Thus, this entry will shift away from the Christmas Market. For hours, I wondered what was the furthest thing away from this Western holiday tradition? Luckily, my parents came over last night for dinner and provided me with just the answer.
An Eastern Philosophy and Tradition: Feng Shui
If you’ve been reading my previous blogs, by now you already know that I’ve just moved into a new condo at the Distillery. My parents came over for the first time since I’ve finally finished settling in. Their first response? They walked straight over to my windows. Not to admire the view, but to express their concerns about how my chi was not in harmony with my shades.
“Aiya! Your feng shui isn’t so good here, Jenn! Your windows are not proper, it’s going to affect your chi!”
Their second response? Silence, as they busied themselves windexing my windows and picking at the heavy drapes.
For those of you who are scratching your heads, let me explain. Feng shui (meaning wind water) is an ancient Chinese philosophy and practice aimed at creating a harmonious living environment, both physically and emotionally. Feng shui stresses the importance of having chi, or positive energy, float around. In order to have chi float more freely in your home, there are a whole set of guidelines and principles dedicated to this topic. For reasons of saving both my sanity and yours, I will not dwell in those guidelines. I will, however, recap you with what my parents did to my windows.
The Fobbysoxer’s Guide to Feng Shui-ing Your Windows:
Number of minutes mom and dad spent wiping my windows: approximately 10.
Number of minutes I spent vacuuming my window coverings while vowing to myself to never live in a suite with windows again: 18
See? This is what happens when I diverge away from the Christmas Market and read a motorcycle blog or two.
Thanks y’all for reading, have a great chi-filled day!
Tomorrow: More updates on the Christmas Market’s holiday lights….kidding.