I had a rather blah Christmas, for several reasons. One was that we went on vacation for a week in the middle of December, which meant my shopping was rushed and there was no time to get a Christmas tree. And my honey and I mostly knew what we were getting from each other, so there were few surprises. Perhaps worst of all was that I wasn’t really excited about anything I had gotten for said honey. Nothing ramps up my Christmas spirit like anticipating the reaction to a really special gift.

Then, too, we were both sick with a horrible cold. Maybe the only thing worse than coming down from a holiday high is not having a high to come down from.

I hope your holidays were wonderful, with just the right combination of family, gifts, food, carols, worship and whatever else makes up your idea of what the season is supposed to be.

Whether blissful, blah or somewhere in between, the holiday season is now over, and there’s still a lot of winter to get through. One of the ways Mainers sustain themselves through the long months of cold weather is by having potluck suppers. What about a spiritual potluck?

If you’re in need of spiritual replenishment — and I suspect many people are, this time of year — maybe it’s time to try something different. For example, attending a service at a different denomination, or even just a different church of your own denomination, can give you a new perspective on what you like about your own church, and why.

Or pick up one of the panoply of spiritually oriented books that are continually coming onto the market. Perhaps a workshop or retreat at the Living Water center in Winslow (e-livingwater.org) would offer the refreshment you seek. (I can recommend the center’s hospitality.)

I’m not sure what a spiritual potluck would look like: perhaps a gathering of friends each of whom would share a personal spiritual practice that others could try? Perhaps it would be more like a smorgasbord and include a variety of offerings for participants to sample: labyrinth walk, guided meditation, experiential Scripture study, Reiki and journaling.

Another, longer-term approach to spiritual self-renewal is spiritual direction. Different directors work different ways, but, broadly, it is a relationship of trust between director and directee, where the director listens for the voice of God in the directee’s account of her/his interior life, and reflects what is heard back to the directee.

Finally, many church and non-church groups sponsor trips, usually of short duration, where regular people (i.e., not professionals) donate their time to help others, either in the United States or abroad. I have not been on such a trip myself, but I’ve talked to a number of people who have and they always say that it was a wonderful, transformative experience.

If you have a favorite way to spiritually recharge that you’d be willing to share with our readers, please get in touch with me. Maybe we can have a potluck for the spirit right here!

Best wishes for a happy new year.