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Martinmas Silhouette

Martinmas comes blowing in tomorrow, and I must say that I have never looked forward to one as much as this one.  I have really come to draw strength from each of our family celebrations, especially this year.  I know I said something similar about Michaelmas, but it feels like the progression of the year has led up to this eerily dark time.  We all have lights within, though, and we will be guided through the Winter, however long it lasts.  I've got a guest post over at The Wonder of Childhood on our family's Martinmas celebrations and their growth through the years.  Without a community around, these festivals have become deeply personal, which is just perfect for an introvert like me who is surrounded by my healthy, rambunctious children.  Draw strength from your own humble, flickering candle!


( 2 trees — Plant a Forest )
Nov. 10th, 2016 06:50 pm (UTC)
Is it celebrated where you are? The children will celebrate at school tomorrow, I will be in the class all morning and I am bringing my guitar (ridiculously looking forward to it). And then tomorrow night they will take their pumpkin lanterns and walk the street here singing their songs for neighbours who'll give them candy. It's very sweet.
I love all the rituals surrounding this time of year. It couldn't be any darker around us but thankfully there is always the light.

Eta I have wanted one of those lamps for aaaaaaaages. Wow. it's so gorgeous

Edited at 2016-11-10 06:50 pm (UTC)
Nov. 11th, 2016 11:48 am (UTC)
It isn't. :-) I'd never heard of Martinmas all my life until I started studying education. I would love to hear more about your family's celebration.

The lamp is one of my dearest things. I think you should get one! It always bring me such joy to see it on.
( 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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