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The Winter Path

Over the weekend, we walked the Advent spiral with Mike's family. Things seemed difficult for a bit and I wanted to give the idea up, but we did it and they all agreed that it was a wonderful tradition.  Having been a part of that family for over eleven years, it seems like it has taken a long time to get to know each other.  And I'll admit that I often fade into the background far too often.  We still have a long way to go, but this was a transitional moment, I think.  A miracle of the Holy Nights.

Fairly Tale Lantern 1

Mike's mother gave me this beautiful lantern for Christmas.  She likes suggestions, and this was the one I offered.  I really enjoy looking at it and she was impressed by it, even though it is very small.  The children and I have read all the stories shown on it but Hansel and Gretel.  I'm not sure how to approach it, so it will sit.

Fairy Tale Lantern 2

In other news, the wind blew out the warm weather yesterday and the temperature dropped over twenty degrees. Mike and I breathed a sigh of relief and lit a fire in the fireplace. The children pretended there was a blizzard raging outside and that Roan had just come in on the train. Laurel was the innkeeper and charged sixty cents to stay at Willow's hotel. Pillows and blankets were the main props, as always.

The fever of Advent has passed and it is so calm around here again. The children have their gifts and there are no expectations any more. I am still working on some final gifts to go out soon (I hope!). All the molasses I was slogging through before Christmas seems to have gone away.  Maybe it was having to whip this place into shape each all long weekend long.  Finally, I am able to focus and get my work done, so that I can sit down and knit and think. All this has me thinking that I really want less focus on Advent next year.

I have come to believe in the power of the Holy Nights to offer us a period of reflection and prayer.  I enjoyed these thoughts about them.  Maybe, it is because we experience such sweeping emotions during the Advent season. I always seem to leave Christmas behind with a lot to think about and a clearer vision of some things that have been troubling me. I am looking forward to the rest of the Twelve Days.  I think we will do another spiral walk, just the five of us, on New Year's Eve.

Comments

( 3 trees — Plant a Forest )
bugorama
Dec. 29th, 2015 09:29 pm (UTC)
I too feel like I have more clarity AFTER Advent is over. I wonder if that's part of the point?
impossibleway
Dec. 30th, 2015 12:01 pm (UTC)
That's a good question. I never thought of it that way.
wifeofjoshua
Dec. 31st, 2015 07:41 pm (UTC)
Cute lantern. How nice to get such a lovely gift that you wished for! :) That shows a lot of love on the part of the giver. :)
( 3 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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