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Celebrating a new year

Light Garden

Light Garden

Tonight we celebrated the fire festival Brigit or Imbolc to mark the impending return of the light and first stirrings of spring.   Today is the midpoint between winter solstice and the spring equinox.  If you look around you, it is clear that the season is changing, and that winter is receding.  When we ate dinner tonight at 5pm, it was actually still a little bit light outside, which I personally found very exciting!  It is not that I do not like the winter, but I do admit that I find it a tiny bit more difficult to get through with small children who do better if they can spend as much time as possible outside.  Yes, they do spend many hours daily outside even in winter, but, no, it isn’t the same as when it is a little bit warmer (and less rainy).  I will be glad to be done with bundling up, packing raingear, boots, and extra changes of clothes everywhere.

To mark the coming year, we made a light garden out using soil, sunflower seeds, and candles.  We all wrote down something that we hope to accomplish in the coming year, and then placed the paper in the soil with the seeds and candles.   Tomorrow we will take the soil, seeds, and our pledges to ourselves, and put them into the garden, where many things will soon be growing.

One Response to “Celebrating a new year”

  1. What a beautiful idea for the whole family. Hooray for the sun!

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