|Sorry, best photo, camera got dropped|
Now if I was asked to participate in such an activity a number of years ago I would have thought it sounded a bit too new agey for my liking. Now that I am a gardener however, I can’t think of anything more meaningful than celebrating the shortest day of the year. It marks the beginning of a very cold and challenging time, with slow plant growth and a slow demotivated gardener. A time that requires a gardener to have a little hope to cling to. It also marks a very positive point, as from here on every day is going to bring a smidgen more light. I will soon find getting up and out in the garden easier, I will start to notice life returning to the garden, more delicious home grown food on the table, and a bit closer to my gardening goal. Now that is truly meaningful to me, something definitely worth celebrating.
To celebrate we lit a small fire, enjoyed a meal together, did a bit of gardening, and to make the event a special one we practiced a couple of rituals. We all joined hands around the fire and practiced how long we could last until the smoke in our eyes was too much. Then, without the fire, we held hands again and each shared something that we wish to grow in our life. Mine was more time at home, growing my involvement in the gardening community, and growing the seed business. Others included growing meaningful relationships, and improved health and fitness. Ending the activity with a Wheeeee (that is the best description I can give). What impressed me was how much the children loved such a simple activity. Like me it probably made them feel like they are really part of something important.
How did you celebrate winter solstice?