To follow my Pre-Thanksgiving Offerings post and further contribute to the mini-series around Magic for the Holidays, I'm here to talk about a pre-holiday working meant to improve upon the time you spend with family and friends. After a year like this one, I expect some tension and frustrations to come out all at once when we're finally with those family and friends whom we love and/or tolerate (LOL), so I like to preface these interactions with a spell.
Procure four candles of any color of significance to you, olive oil, bay leaves, basil, and thyme. Purchase incense that feels appropriate to the season (at least two sticks). Consecrate each of these things in the manner of your choosing.
Once consecrated, mix the olive oil, bay leaves, basil, and thyme together: I recommend using a pinch of each (or in the case of bay, break off a few pieces of a leaf) in about a shot glass' worth of olive oil, since you want it to be relatively thick, but not so thick that you cannot use it to anoint your candles.
Let this mixture steep for one to two days. You'll be able to smell it when its ready.
When you are ready to roll, anoint each candle in your ritual oil. Arrange these in the shape of a square, with your two chosen sticks of incense to the left and right of this square. Light each candle, then light each stick of incense. Follow this with a prayer:
"In the harsh chill of winter, I seek to commune with family and friends. May they greet me with open arms, may they be overjoyed to see that I am well. May their warm intentions be returned a hundredfold, and might each of us take, from this time together, a greater sense of health & wealth."
Bask in your work and enjoy the effects. ;)