Despite family and college-related stress, I’ve finally managed to take part in the ball! I had grand schemes but, because of everything going on, I will just share what I did today.
After a long morning and afternoon of class and meetings, I spent a majority of my evening prepping for the Winter Solstice celebrations. The meeting, especially, stressed me out so I started by taking a walk in the forest. I made offerings to the local spirits and collected fallen evergreen boughs (with permission, of course). There was an energetic buzz in the forest… In the distance, a hunter’s gun went off every so often. It was as if the forest were on edge. The drips from melting snow made me uneasy. Was that a drip or a footstep? At times, the forest seemed to go out of focus. I thought I saw someone walk right out in front of me, but he or she vanished back into thin air… Despite the oddness, it was good to clear my head and gather evergreens. On my way out of the forest, I sung a wassailing tune to thank the trees and comfort myself.
Once inside, it was back to work! I’ve been very busy crafting gifts and decor.
|A felt sun ornament. Since we celebrate the returning strength of the sun, it seemed fitting to have
a representation on the tree – so voila! It was very easy to make – just two tones of felt, stuffing, and yarn!
|This evergreen decoration was made with gathered balsam branches, birch twigs, and
a red ribbon. It’s very easy to make and, together, symbolizes eternal life as well as new life.
|I hung our stockings up and wrapped some prezzies! All of these
gifts were wrapped in handmade fabric bags or the paper and
bags my family used last year.
I’ve truly enjoyed seeing what other Pagans are doing to celebrate the Winter Solstice. It’s been fun – I hope to join you next year!