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Brigit – Imbolc – Candlemas

To get us started, we read Brigid’s Cloak which is a close rendition of the play the children performed last year in their study of Saints. 

Of course, we could not go a year without reading a family favorite story of the Goddess Brigit from Circle Round.   The Well and the Flame is a great story that weaves in caring for people and caring for the earth. 

We have rolled lots of candles at our house, but this year was our first go at home candle dipping.  We invited a sweet friend to join and had a marvelous time! 

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The candles turned out great and made a good addition to our ‘sun’ cakes on Imbolc morning!  Even though our GA groundhog predicted 6 more weeks of winter, we see the sun growing stronger! 

© rw 2013

our holiday season 2012

St. Nicholas left a little lavender doll and a clementine.

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Santa’s helpers busy sewing ornaments.  I found a great santa pattern at revoluzzza

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My angel in the grade 3 class play at the Waldorf School of Atlanta.

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 The sun greeted us as we celebrated the winter Solstice. 

2012 winter solstice morning

We so appreciated all the hard work that went into making our nativity characters last year. 

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A cold and windy day on Arabia Mountain.

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 The wise men followed a star, we followed a line of cars to the ABG Holiday Lights. 

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And as soon as school started back, I finished my contribution to the Craft Hope Project 19. 

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I had initially thought of writing this post about all the things we missed having the flu/cough over the holidays, but after looking through these photos, I realize that we indeed had a full holiday season!  I’m grateful! 

©rw 2013

Happy New Year!

We welcomed the new year quietly at home this year.  I got Suzanne Down’s, Juniper Tree newsletter on Thursday that shared a neat idea of making a blessing cake.  I know, I know, who needs more sweets!?!  But I grabbed my Laurel’s Kitchen and found a wonderful gingerbread and pound cake recipe that could handle my freshly ground whole wheat.   I made both as cupcakes and shared bags of them with neighbors as a happy new year’s wish and then in 3 of the cupcakes, I put a blessing stone. 

It was really pretty easy.  I wrote on the stones with a sharpie (green didn’t show up very well, but red did fine) and then wrapped each stone tightly in foil.   In the cupcake cup, I put a spoon of batter, dropped in the stone and then covered with batter.   This seems like a nice way to do the surprises in cakes to ensure everyone gets a treasure.

We read the story about Jack and his blessing cake from Juniper Tree on Saturday and then again on Sunday before our treat time.  The story mentioned Jack’s excitement at being able to read his blessing stone himself this year.  It seemed so appropriate to have the Blessing Cake with the stones this year since Ivie could read the words herself.  And she did. 

What will 2012 hold for us?  What messages from magic stones will we carry through this year?

© rw 2012