Christmas Eve

Christmas-EveThe day has passed quietly as we prepare for Christmas. Now, a few minutes before sunset, we are finishing tasks. Jennie sings for two services this evening at the UU church. I’ll go to one and join hundreds of others in lighting a candle to the turning year. Tomorrow, Christmas, the day will be noticeably longer; somehow our awareness marks the addition of a minute or two of sunlight to the day. Continue reading

Christmas Eve

Yesterday afternoon the rain changed to light snow, which continues as flurries this morning. The ground is lightly coated in white.

In the late afternoon, a neighborhood family came over to make peanut butter pine cones for the animals.

The kids had been asking about this activity for a couple of weeks. Jennie began the tradition the year we moved here. Yesterday we the 5th edition. The participants change, yet the tradition continues. Continue reading

Christmas Eve

Its Christmas Eve.  In a few hours Christmas Morning will dawn. The night is dark, in spite of a newly waning moon. The snow is deep and the world hushed.

In the shamans’ world, light does not forever vanquish darkness, and darkness cannot absolutely defeat light. Both light and darkness are necessary and good, each having its own time in the world, and the dominance of each holding the seed for the return of the other. Continue reading