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First light 2016

This first light always feels so tentative, rather like those lanterns we carried a couple weeks ago.  I spent a good part of yesterday afternoon on Advent preparations after last week's big cleaning.  The house is feeling more sparse and I'd like to think that our days will feel that way, too.  I really need to have a slow and healing Advent experience this year, and I think the children need it, too.  My plan is to spend our time studying the "Christmas Saints," making gifts, baking, finding Christmas in the forest, playing, and hibernating.  Things will build slowly, as the weeks pass.  The Healing Christmas--that's what I want.


( 4 trees — Plant a Forest )
Nov. 29th, 2016 03:45 am (UTC)
We lit our first candle tonight. :) (Last night we lit it at church.)

I also cleaned the house a bit this weekend. Not completely -- but we did a complete and thorough purge of the kids' toys in preparation for the onslaught of SO MANY HOLIDAYS plus Rusty's birthday next month!

I enjoy how Advent can feel like going down to the bones of it all. The trees are bare. The house can be bare (if we let it!!!!). It feels stark. Yes, in a healing way.
Nov. 29th, 2016 04:44 pm (UTC)
Yes, the bareness is very nice, since Christmas can be so excessive. It is nice for home to be a peaceful place (sort of). ;-)
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Dec. 2nd, 2016 09:35 am (UTC)
Your mom is so right. :-) I need to get past some sewing, and I hope to do that this weekend, and then I can let the peace begin. I hope!
( 4 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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