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Advent's Second Light

The wind rattled the windows all night, but it was calm last night as we lit our candles from the center of our Advent spiral.  Katherine and her baby joined us for supper, a story, and a walk through the evergreen boughs.  It really was, even with all the time it took to get everyone dressed and lighting and re-lighting of candles, very nice.  She was just the person to have along as we embarked on a new family tradition.


We used one of our big logs as the center and the extra branches from our tree to create the spiral.  It was simple and quick, free and meaningful.  I cut some holly from a neighbor's yard in the afternoon and put it here and there.  I took the center out of four apples and put in some candles, making little wedges from the core to hold them in.  I dug up the candle lantern and put it on a hook out in the yard and Mike lit it and the center candle just before we went out.


We all took turns walking to the center, lighting our candles, and walking out, placing them along the way.  I must admit that I thought the yard looked pretty dark with one candle, but those four additional candles really made a difference.  It was a wonderful way to symbolize love and light going out into the world.


I can see our family rituals really taking shape this year.  Last year was very simple, with a new baby and family visiting.  This year feels like we are finding our feet.  Our celebrations are still small, but the children have been having such fun with it all.  I have been trying to press upon folks, who might be intimidated by all the possibility that Advent brings, to really take their time.  There is time enough to build and change and find the celebrations that really help your family feel closer to the Christmas Miracle.


( 2 trees — Plant a Forest )
Dec. 9th, 2014 09:02 am (UTC)
Sounds lovely. :) I really like the apple candle-holder idea.
Dec. 14th, 2014 04:03 pm (UTC)
It works very well and then you get to eat them (minus any wax).
( 2 trees — Plant a Forest )

A Blessed Wilderness

It was just like being in heaven, being in there. In those days there was no road. The park was all a blessed wilderness. I have often thought what a wonderful people we would have been if we had wanted to keep it that way.

~Adolph Murie, biologist, on Denali


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