At last the Solstice! In a few days the nights will be shorter, and the light will start to grow. How glad I am. For now I shall revel in the darkness of the longest night and the pause between here and the return of light.
Heaving a sigh of relief, for it feels like the journey to this point has been a long one, I will be spending the next two weeks 'hibernating'. Such bliss. A pause before the next growth cycle, a time for renewal, regeneration, rebirth, recuperation. A space to just 'be' and a time to spend relaxing amidst family, friends, community.
Not everything is done yet, there are still gifts to create and deliver, but I have stayed away from the secular high street frenzy that is Christmas and will continue to do so.
Tonight our tree was decorated and lit, marking the start of seasonal festivities in the House of Marmalade.