solstice eve

21 12 2010

Sometimes bedtime requires a little song & dance,  plus a few stories and lots of snuggling hugs. Bebe was (finally) tucked into bed with a nice pillow, a favorite blanket, and a toy llama close at hand. As the rest of the house quieted in sleep, this mama finished a little holiday crafting: more ornaments for Bebe and a solstice votive .

solstice candleholder 2

Later: I bundled into warm clothes and watched the lunar eclipse with my mother and the chirruping house cat -a small group standing in the dark of a clear, starry night, staring up into the rust-colored shadow on the moon.

solstice candleholder 3

“To Know the Dark”

To go in the dark with a light is to know the light.
To know the dark, go dark. Go without sight,
and find that the dark, too, blooms and sings,
and is traveled by dark feet and dark wings.

-Wendell Berry, from The Selected Poems of Wendell Berry

solstice candleholder

Crafting, candlelight, muted moonlight, hot drinks, hours of family stories, and then a nap before sunrise. Good beginnings for a winter solstice. Hope for a good season to come.




4 responses

21 12 2010

That sounds really lovely. Very calm and quiet.

22 12 2010

Very lovely, indeed, and Wow! how I needed coffee in the morning – and then an afternoon nap with Bebe 🙂 Hope you had a great day, too

21 12 2010

Very pretty votives! We stayed up to watch the eclipse too–beautiful!

22 12 2010

Thanks, Meryl! Wasn’t it a neat way to usher in the winter season? Late night vigils, good stories, and astronomical wonders! Love that kind of stuff 🙂

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