The Solstice has passed. We are heading into the light. But it will be awhile before we notice. So I continue to add light to the darkness. Last night we decorated our tree. It is called a Christmas Tree, based on the German tradition and added to Christmas celebrations by Queen Victoria and her husband Albert. But surely it has very little to do with the story of Bethlehem and the baby Jesus. It is an ancient tradition, based on the darkest day and bringing in the light. It is a lovely tradition.
Every year we go to the same Christmas Tree farm to get our tree. We wander through a field of trees trying to find the right one. When we are sure of our choice, we cut it and bring it home. The car smells like balsam for days afterwards. It is wonderful.
Once the lights are on it we set about stringing cranberries and popcorn.
I always put cranberries and popcorn on the tree. It takes a little time, but the texture of the popcorn and the bright cranberries against the evergreen are stunning. So it is worth it.
The tree is beginning to take shape.
Next come the ornaments. We have gathered some of these on our travels, or from local crafts people, and many have been gifts. As a kindergarten teacher I received many treasures at Christmas…some of these will go on the tree. It is delightful to pick up an ornament and remember its story.
The last thing we add to the tree is candles. We don’t light them, we just hang them for a vertical effect. We use cranberry and cream colored ones which compliment the cranberries and popcorn nicely.
Merry Christmas everyone!