Photos from Winter Solstice 2013
It feels like you have been here for quite some time already, but today we officially welcome you with open arms. Soon we will join some friends in the woods for a hike. We will choose the perfect tree and decorate it in your honour, with homemade bird feeders, and stringed popcorn, all to feed our feathered friends. Back at our friends home after our hike, our kiddos will play, us adults will chat, and we will enjoy warm cups of Wassail, and a lovely potluck lunch. I already know this day will be wonderful, we are spending it with people who mean a lot to us. You will be the center of attention though, this day, the shortest, darkest one of the year, is something to celebrate, for after today the light slowly returns, guiding us forward along our paths. Later today, back at our home, the three of us will celebrate the power of your light with a fire, outside, under the dark, starry sky. In our hands will be our dinner, bowls of pasta topped with roasted tomatoes from the summer garden. We will sit around the fire, watching the flames dance, my mind will fill with those things in life I am most grateful for, and later my thoughts will turn to those things that no longer serve me, things I want to let go of. I will toss those thoughts into the fire, releasing them so that as I step into the new year I am free to move forward, free to be more of who I am, the real me.
Winter, you are here to remind us to slow down, and to let the light within us shine bright. You are a fresh start for me, a day when I can look back, and also look forward, a day that fills me with hope, and excites every part of my being. Welcome back dear friend. It is good to see you again.
Winter exudes quiet and peace, it forces you inside, and offers us a chance to reflect. I am feeling the pull to move inward, to find quiet and peace in the midst of the hustle and bustle, and to find space for more of the things I love. This space will be quiet this week as we soak up two full weeks of family time...time spent hiking, playing, hopefully snowshoeing, and just enjoying moments together. I will be back for the last photo in the 52 Project next weekend, and on Monday December 29th I have a little something for you, so be sure to stop in.
Wishing you and your families a wonderful holiday season filled with love and magic. xo