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Preparations and the First Light

When I saw cut Christmas trees being hauled on trucks back before Halloween, I groaned.  The frenzy starts early, seeming to get earlier each year.  Trying to find balance between Enki's recommendation of not observing too many festivals at all and the Waldorf tendency to have lots of festivals (Candlemas, Easter, May Day, St. John's Tide, Lammas, you get the picture), I have both scaled back and stepped up.  I've scaled back on smaller days, like Valentine's day (which I was never big on) and Halloween, and added more time to Christmas, hence the Advent candles at home.  The time after Thanksgiving goes so quickly with nearly a saint a week (or more!) until Christmas.  Disappointed years ago with the let down that is the time after Christmas, the Twelve Days gave me the chance to find a more inner experience of the festival without all the materialisim. Luckily, we get to create our own family cultures and decide what is meaningful at our house.

Ready and Waiting

With that in mind, I had some time alone to bring out a few symbols of the season.
More will come out of hiding from the basement as the days pass.
Willow readied her nightgown with some ribbon, all ready to be Lucia in two weeks.
She's got a dress and knitting shop here, so there are numerous seasonal outfits on display.

The first light

The birthday ring takes on a new meaning for this time of year.
The children really enjoyed doing this last year and asked if we would do it again.
Laurel is currently facscinated by the crystals.

Advent Wreath

Here's the wreath Carrie and I made.  Well, I made it, and Carrie made another.
I'll probably share the photo again tomorrow for Crafting On.
It's not the best, but it is the first and it does hang from the ceiling.
I picked up the Advent wreath form from a church yard sale.
Carrie accused me of taking it from the sanctuary.

Christmas is coming

The thing that I can say now about the Christmas Creep is that I shouldn't let it affect what Christmas and the Winter Solstice are in our home.  If we should not permit others to steal our joy, the same goes for our Christmas.  There is plenty out there to create an ironic battle between the various viewpoints of the holiday (Jesus is the reason; here, buy this).  I think it's a good thing to keep in mind all the time--the noise of the world will take a lot of filtering, but it is worthy of doing and so very beneficial.  With that, it's time to bake some sugar cookies, some for now and some to freeze for later.  And we'll get back in the swing of schoolwork.  Happy Monday!

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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