Just like I wrote about here, we celebrated last night and this morning our annual ritual of dark and light with the advent of the winter solstice.
A simple, favorite family meal was had, along with great conversation and words of love passed ’round the table. We even watched a deer pick its way through the remnants of our garden as we sat down to eat. Those moments of togetherness fill my heart and helped me stay grounded in all the chaos that overly-excited and tired children bring to a night. But still–it was beautiful in its own way because it was OUR family’s night, not someone else’s far away that I don’t know or trying to make it something other than our own. (BTW–last night I found out that I am loved by all of my family for the food I provide. I never knew!)
We set an alarm to watch the lunar eclipse, but there was nothing to see here with thick cloud cover abounding. It was disappointing, but we could see the diffuse light all about, reflecting off of the snow. Or maybe it was the massive lights from our nearby grocery store? 😛 The morning was dark and cold, but we were merry and bright. As is often the case in upstate NY in winter, the cloud cover blocked a view of the sunrise. We watched the sky’s gradual lightening together and sang and drank our hot chocolate. It was hard sending everyone off to school & work today, but soon we’ll have many days together and visiting with others, too.
Wishing you and yours a happy winter solstice. May you find those moments of what is right and true for you and yours.