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Welcome to the Special Holiday Issue of the Feng Shui For Real Life E-zine, a monthly e-magazine with tips, success stories, and clutter-clearing advice to help you make simple Feng Shui changes to attract wealth, harmony, love, and much more. I wish you a joyous Holiday Season and a Happy New Year full of wealth, harmony, and love...and so much more. Please enjoy this special shortened issue of the Feng Shui For Real Life E-zine. The full e-zine will return in January 2012.

Carol M. Olmstead
Feng Shui Master Practitioner

Feng Shui Holiday Q&A
Here are some of my favorite holiday questions that readers have submitted during the 10 years that I have been writing this newsletter.

Q: We have always placed our Christmas tree in the family room, which is near the front door. Would it be better to locate the tree according to Feng Shui principles?
A: The ideal location for a Christmas tree -- or the Chanukah menorah -- is in either the Wealth or Future Area of your home. These areas are supported by the Wood Element composition of a tree and its Fire Element shape. The Wealth Area is the room in the upper left hand corner of your home or in the upper left hand corner of any room, and the Future Area is located at the back of your home across from your front door. Triangular shapes displayed in these areas enhance finances, abundance, and prosperity. Locating the tree near the front door could symbolically drown its energy because this is the place for the Water Element. To locate these Areas, download a bagua map that matches the shape of your home from the Basics section on my website,

Q: What is the Feng Shui opinion of re-gifting? My mother-in-law shops in the best stores, but what she buys doesn't always fit my style. Is it OK to give these things to friends?
A: Re-gifting is definitely Feng Shui-friendly because it removes things you don't want from your home and sends them to a place where they are welcome. Just be sure to avoid re-gifting if you have negative feelings about the gift or its original giver, since you might be passing along your negative energy to the next recipient.

Q: Are there Feng Shui gifts that you recommend giving to send a message of wealth? I don't want to give anything that's too "woo-woo" or New Age.
A: Here are six gifts I recommend giving that symbolize wealth, prosperity, and harmony in Feng Shui.
1. Wallet, Purse, or Tote--with a $50 or $100 tucked inside to attract wealth.
2. Healthy Plants or Flowers--to represent growth and prosperity.
3. Wind Chimes--to attract positive energy to any location.
4. Donation to a Nonprofit--to assure your money does good work.
5. Precious Stones--citrine to attract clients, business, and increased income.
6. Books--to open up the world.

Q: Are there any gifts I shouldn't give because they have negative Feng Shui meaning?
A: Here are the six gifts I recommend you avoid giving because they represent cutting, emptiness, crying, and unhappiness in Feng Shui. If the recipient really wants these, give a gift certificate instead of the item.
1. Sharp Objects--represents cutting a friendship.
2. Empty Wallet--represents lack of prosperity.
3. Thorny Plant or Flower--represents piercing a relationship.
4. Bonsai Tree--represents limited growth.
5. Clock or Watch--represents stealing time.
6. Handkerchief--represents crying in the future.

Q: My daughter has expressed a need for a set of knives for her new apt and I would like to oblige her as part of her holiday gifts. I know there is something about giving blades and scissors as symbols of cutting the relationship. She and I are getting along so well now that I would do nothing to jeopardize that, even if honoring her wishes.
A: Feng Shui doesn't recommend giving knives as gifts because of they symbolically cut a friendship or relationship. Instead, you could give her a check or a gift certificate for the store that sells them, and include a picture of the knives in the envelope.

Q: Considering that we're still experiencing tough economic times, can you give any Feng Shui suggestions for starting the year off right and attracting wealth and prosperity?
A: Feng Shui for the New Year involves surrounding yourself with objects and colors like red and gold that represent prosperity and happiness. Here are six things I recommend bringing with you into the New Year.
1. New Red Wallet -- to attract wealth and prosperity this year.
2. Large Tote Bag -- to carry all the good things you expect the year to bring.
3. New Shoes -- to stomp out any frustrations in the upcoming year.
4. Gold Jewelry -- to signify that you can afford fine things throughout the year.
5. Red Accessory -- to attract good fortune in the days ahead.
6. Purse Hanger -- to keep your purse off the floor and represent respect for wealth.

Q: I always create a new vision board at the start of each new year. Can hanging it be considered a type of Feng Shui cure or remedy, and if so, where do you recommend locating it?
A: A vision board, also called a dream board or treasure map, is a powerful way of using images to set the intention to attract something into your life, and that's also what Feng Shui is all about. In Feng Shui "you are what you see," so you certainly can use your vision board as part of a Feng Shui adjustment. The ideal place to display your creation is in the Fame/Future area of your home or office. This year, try arranging the images on your board according to the Feng Shui bagua. That is, place the images that relate to wealth in the upper left hand corner of the board, those that relate to love in the upper right hand corner, etc. You can download a bagua map that matches the shape of your home from the Basics section on my website,

Do you have Feng Shui questions for the Feng Shui Maven?
E-mail them to Carol and watch for the answers in future issues of this e-zine.

Holiday Shopping Suggestions

Purse Hangers Make Great Stocking Stuffers
In Feng Shui, "your purse on the floor means wealth out the door." When you put your purse on the floor it represents disregard for your wealth, and it becomes contaminated with bacteria. Give the gift of a purse hanger to every woman on your list so she safely hang her purse from a table or desk. The 2" disk fits neatly in your purse, then opens to a sturdy 3" long hanger. Available in elegant black and silver. Remember to order a purse hanger as a gift to yourself.
Click here to order purse hangers.

Give the Feng Shui Tip-a-Day Calendar
Give the gift of wealth, harmony, and love when you give the award-winning Feng Shui Quick Guide For Home and Office. The book includes Feng Shui basics, a day-by-day calendar of 366 Feng Shui tips, and success stories from real people who used these tips with amazing results. Copies are signed and can be personalized for gift giving.
Click here to order your copies from the Feng Shui Store at

Give a Gift Certificate For a Feng Shui Room Rescue
The website list of "Easy, Creative, and Health Gifts" for 2011 includes "hiring an expert to Feng Shui a friend's living room or office." Gift certificates for a Feng Shui Room Rescue are good for a consultation for any room in your home or in your office.
Click here to order a Feng Shui Room Rescue for a friend, or for yourself.

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Schedule a Consultation or Workshop. If you would like to set up a home, office, or business consultation, or schedule a customized workshop, contact:
Carol M. Olmstead, FSII
Feng Shui Master Practitioner
Click here to e-mail Carol Olmstead

Carol M. Olmstead, FSIA, was certified by the Feng Shui Institute of America, and awarded Red Ribbon Professional Status from the International Feng Shui Guild.

Feng Shui For Real Life, LLC, and the Feng Shui For Real Life E-zine serve as a reference and guide for the principles of Feng Shui and as such bear no responsibility for results a client or reader experiences. Individual results may vary based on the client's participation and intent.

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