Principle 1: Each Person is Important
Chalice Lighting: Each person is important. Can you say that with me? “Each person is important.”
As a Family
Hold a family talent show. Allow everyone to showcase their unique talents. If you’re so inclined, pass out awards for most creative, funniest, best singer, etc.
As an Individual:
As the principle states, “Each person is important.” That means you too! Do something special for yourself today.
Gather family or friends and plan a meal where everyone’s favorite food is represented. Spaghetti with a side of jelly beans? Why not, it’s the first night of Chalica!
The adult version of this principle states that we believe in “the inherent worth and dignity of every person.” So, what makes the people in your life special? For each person in your circle, write down what you love most about them. Then, give each person their list.
I am Enough by Grace Byers
Is there someone in your life who you have recently had an argument with? Or, perhaps you have had a falling out with someone. Why don’t you begin the process of reconciliation? Chances are, they’re feeling just as terrible as you.
Day 2: Be kind in all you do
We light our chalice to remind us that all people deserve justice, equity and compassion.
As a family: Try to go the whole day without arguing. Focus on putting the wants and needs of your brother/ sister/ mother/ father/ husband/ wife before your own.
As an Individual:
Do something nice for someone else. Pay for someone else’s food, help a stranger. The opportunities are endless as long as you keep an eye out for them.
Prepare a meal kit for a busy neighbor.
Write a thank you note to someone normally under appreciated.
Search your home for items you no longer need, and donate them.
Food: The pandemic may make eating out at restaurants difficult, but if you have the opportunity to order to-go or find yourself at a drive thru with the option to tip- Tip your server generously! This can be used for other activities in which there are workers aiding in your purchase such as a car wash, grocery store baggers, etc.
Gifts: E Participate in GMUUC's Secret Santa Gift Exchange Exchange small care packages as a family, or leave anonymously for one of your neighbors. You can find items for your care package, such as small toys, lotion, and journals, at your local dollar store or you can craft some from things around your house, or you can use some of the belongings you may not need or want anymore that you intended to donate!
I Am Love: A Book of Compassion by Susan Verde
Additional Ideas: Is there someone in your life that needs a little extra cheering up this time of year? If so, find out what you can do to help this person. Provide them with a meal, clean their house, watch their children or simply send them a card.
In a journal dedicated to Chalica (or using the blank page included below), draw a picture that shows “Be kind in all you do,” or write down all the ways you and your family honored our second principle on this day.
In the end it won’t matter
how much we have,
but how generously we have given.
It won’t matter how much we know,
but rather how well we live.
And it won’t matter how much we believe, but how deeply we love.
~John C. Morgan
Day 3: We're Free to Learn Together
Chalice Lighting: We light our chalice to remind us to have open minds and to respect the paths of others.
As a family:
Pick up/ learn a game no one in your family has ever played before. Learn how to play it together.
Talk to friends who have different family traditions and engage in conversations about your similarities/differences. The key here is to REALLY listen.
As an Individual:
Try to strike up a conversation with a new person either virtually, or in passing. Perhaps a neighbor you'd like to get to know better would be willing to go on a socially distanced walk around your neighborhood and engage in conversation!
Talk to friends who have different traditions or cultural views and engage in conversations about your similarities/differences. The key here is to REALLY listen.
As a family, or with a friend, attempt to cook something you never have before. It might work out, or you might be ordering pizza. It doesn’t matter as long as you make the attempt!
Is there something you do really well? Perhaps you know how to make the perfect paper airplane, or you make the best pumpkin pie. Whatever the case may be, share your knowledge with your family or friends. You may be surprised what you learn in return.
Book: What Do You Do with an Idea by Kobi Yamada
If you have the opportunity to teach someone something, take it. And, conversely, if you are in the position where someone is more knowledgeable then you, listen and learn.
Try a new food.
Ask a friend to tell you all about their family’s holiday.
Play a new game as a family.
In your Chalica Journal or on the blank page included below, or even in our comments below, draw a picture that shows “We’re free to learn together,” or write down all the ways you or your family honored our third principle on this day.
"If we agree in love, there is no disagreement that can do us any injury, but if we do not, no other agreement can do us any good. Let us endeavor to keep the unity of the spirit in the bonds of peace."
Day 4: We Search for What is True.
Chalice Lighting: We light our chalice to remind us that we are responsible for our own spiritual growth and are free to follow our own path.
As a family
Have a discussion about religion. What do your children believe? Parents, be aware that children, up until the age of 12, tend to take on the beliefs of their parents.
For a lively discussion about religion you may want to let your children speak first, and play devil’s advocate.
As an Individual
Talk with a friend about their beliefs. How are they different than yours? Keep an open mind; who knows, you may find something that rings true for you!
Different religions have different traditions when it comes to food and the celebration of holidays.
Choose one religion and explore their winter holiday through their food. For example, you may make latkes in honor of Chanukah. Just don’t forget to learn about Chanukah along the way! (Join in for our service on Sunday to deepen your Chanukah understanding!)
There are many books about world religions for both adults and children. Gift yourself one of these books and expand your own knowledge.
Book: Becoming a Good Creature by Sy Montgomery
Unitarian Universalism is a very long name, and not many people know much about it. Create an elevator, or play ground, speech so you can tell people what it means to be a UU in one minute or less. (Please feel free to share these "Speeches" in the comments below!)
Create a new family holiday tradition.
Try a new spiritual practice, like yoga or walking meditation.
Be ye lamps unto yourselves;
be your own confidence.
Hold to the truth within
yourselves as to the only lamp.
In your Chalica journal or on the blank image I included below draw a picture that shows “We search for what is true,” or write in the comments below all the ways you and your family honored our fourth principle on this day.
Day 5: All People Need a Voice
Chalice Lighting: We light our chalice to celebrate the right to use our minds and our voices to better our communities.
As a family: Could your household be running smoother? Why don’t you call a family meeting and ask the kids for their input. Not only will you be giving your children a voice, but you may learn something you never knew, and gain some insight into your children.
As an Individual: Sometimes, people need us to help them get their voices heard. Reach out to local orgai
Food: Plan a special meal with family, hold a vote on what you’ll eat. Majority wins!
If you live alone, have a zoom dinner where people vote on their favorite foods and discuss what it is that makes it their favorite!
Gifts: Offer your shoulder and your ear to anyone who needs someone to talk to. Try hard to not be defensive, dismissive, or offer up “quick fixes.” Sure, it may be a hard to hear about someone else’s heartache, but you’ll be giving someone comradery and compassion—two gifts that are priceless.
Speak Up Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell
Get involved in your local political scene. Find the office of your political party, and give them a call. Find out how you can help.
Vote on the night’s dinner plan.
Watch a kid news show and discuss it with your family.
Hold a family meeting.
Benediction: We receive fragments of holiness, glimpses of eternity, brief moments of insight. Let us gather them up for the precious gifts that they are and, renewed by their grace, move boldly into the unknown.
~Sara Moores Campbell
In your Chalica Journal or on the blank page included below, draw a picture that shows “All people need a voice,” or in the comments, write down all the ways you and your family honored our fifth principle on this day.
Day 6: Build a fair and peaceful World
Chalice Lighting: We light our chalice to remind us to work toward our goal of world peace with liberty and justice for all.
As a family: Find an organization that allows families to volunteer together, then get involved! Volunteer today, or make a plan to volunteer regularly. (Due to the pandemic, it may be wise to choose non-profits that allow you to volunteer in a safe, distanced way or doing tasks that don't require in-person volunteering such as sending care packages over seas)
As an Individual: What are you passionate about? Whatever it is, find out how you can help, and get involved! Volunteer today, or make a plan to volunteer regularly.
(Some ideas for volunteering during the pandemic may be volunteering for virtual storytelling for Children at Easterseals North Georgia https://www.easterseals.com/northgeorgia/ other volunteer opportunities for GA can be found by going to https://www.powerof.org/volunteer)
Food: Donate food to your local food pantry. Community Helping Place has the following items listed as needed:
Gifts: Who do you want to give a gift to? What is that person passionate about? Donate money on that person’s behalf to an organization they care about. You can donate a charity gift card to someone you love by going to tisbest.org and following the instructions found on their website. A TisBest Charity Gift works like any other gift card, execpt that instead of buying more stuff, the recipient of a Charity Gift Card spends it to support a charity of their choice.
Book: It Takes a Village by HRC
Have leftovers to remind us not to be wasteful.
Play the alphabet game with a world map – find a country for every letter.
Create your Guest At Your Table box (https://www.uusc.org/.../congregations/guest-at-your-table/) and make a plan to fill it!
Be doers of the word, and not merely hearers.
Those who look into the perfect law,
the law of liberty, and persevere,
Being not hearers who forget but doers who act – they will be blessed in their doing.
In your Chalica journal or on the blank page included below, draw a picture that shows “Build a fair and peaceful world,” or you can write down all the ways you and your family honored our sixth principle on this day in the comments below!
Day 7: We care for Earth's life boat.
Chalice Lighting: We light our chalice to show respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
As a family
Identify ways your family can be more green. Start a compost, recycle, bike more? As a family, choose one and commit!
As an Individual
Advocate that your workplace, or your school, be more eco-friendly. Ask for recycle bins and reuse as much as possible.
Shop your local farmer’s market for local and organic fruits and veggies. If you aren’t already vegetarian or vegan, plan to make a vegetarian or vegan meal.
As the saying goes, “Reuse, Reduce, Recycle.” Today, recycle something from your house that would have been trash, and create a gift with it. Turn it into a work of art, or a handy item.
This website has over 1000+ ideas for recycling arts and crafts (https://www.favecrafts.com/.../659-Recycled-Crafts...)
A quick and easy gift is to make wax bowl covers for storing food! Instructions on how to make these can be found here: (https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/.../diy-beeswax.../)
Book: Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth by Oliver Jeffers
Do your duty as a citizen of this earth and help clean-up wherever you see litter.
Eat a vegetarian meal.
Take a walk and play “I Spy”.
Brainstorm “green” ways to wrap presents.
Take courage friends.
The way is often hard, the path is never clear, and the stakes are very high.
For deep down, there is another truth:
you are not alone.
~Wayne B. Arnason
In your Chalica journal or on the blank image I included below, draw a picture that shows “We care for Earth’s lifeboat,” or write in the comments all the ways you and your family honored our seventh principle on this day.