Sunday, December 21, 2014

Winter Solstice

For many years my new year has begun in December.  December, when all the shows are done.  December, when I could collapse for a few days.  December, when pressing deadlines were pretty much nonexistent.  December, when the shrinking hours of daylight turned around the solstice and began to lengthen once again.  

December, when the promise of returning light, spring and life brings hope.  

It is the human condition to be faced with challenges.  Without hope these challenges can seem daunting.  Indeed they may seem insurmountable.  The only way out is through.  

Our ancestors celebrated the returning sun with light.  Huge bonfires were built to drive away the dark and encourage the sun to return.  Today we string lights, draping them over our houses, trees, fences. We erect trees inside our houses, similarly draped with light.  

We look forward to the new year, the coming spring, the return of life.  

Beginning today the daylight hours will increase.  I, for one, am celebrating the new year today.  

Wishing everyone the very best for the coming year whenever and however you celebrate.  


Barb said...

Thank you for the wonderful post. I feel like a new beginning is starting today.

Dark and dreary here but the wood stove and a few twinkle lights make it cozy.

Have a blessed Solstice!

Leola's Studio said...

Happy Solstice- my favourite time of year- the light beckons.....
Love love love the towels - they arrived today and my weaving pal loved hers, and she gave me a beautiful woven bath sheet woven by Lisa from the Weavery-

Anonymous said...

Happy Christmas and Merry New Year Laura!

Love the metal sculpture tree, where did you ever find it?

Laura Fry said...

Got it at a craft fair from a metal worker. They now have *red* trees - wish I could have gotten one of those but one is enough. :)