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Winter Solstice Ceremony

As mentioned in my earlier post, we taught the girls about Winter Solstice this year. Since I already told you my plans, I'll just share this as a picture post! This is actually the first big ceremony that we all held together as a family. (Josh isn't usually the ceremonying type.)

We started by taking a piece of paper, cutting it into fourths, and 'writing out the darkness' of this year that we wanted to offer to the fire. The girls immediately got sad about Boo Boo, and I reminded them of our healing ceremony at her house and said that now we can throw all that sadness in the fire if we wanted. Then we took the papers outside to the fire, and they were excited to stay up late and get to go outside for this.

Getting it out:

Ivy's more than ready to get it out.

I drew mine, too.

Josh wrote his.

It's cold outside!

Good thing we have a comfy fire.

Releasing it to the fire.

Daddy had to help with the releasing.

Josh lets go.

I let Achaiah get in on mine with a paw print. She loved mom, too, and it was awfully hard on her not knowing what was going on.

Giving thanks, too.

Letting the fire take it.

The girls say a blessing.

Then we roast marshmallows!

Starting out on a sweet note.

Now with more Josh.



Continuing my quest to improve the self pics. Mom made that hat, and we had her salmon for dinner, too.


Also pretty!

Much clearer now, wouldn't you say?

Ivy says, "Get a picture of my marshmallow mouth!"

Happy Solstice!


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Dec. 22nd, 2008 03:47 am (UTC)

Here's another fun ceremony you might want to do with your kids, my parents told me about it. They did it last year and it worked really well, and they did it was a friend who got so many job offers (he's an architect) he had to turn some down!

At the stroke of midnight on New Years, smash a pomegranite onto the ground and ask for good tidings and financial reepings to come your way (I'm trying to translate this from Turkish haha). Pick up the pieces that are still in big enough chunks and eat them that night/following day.

Doesn't that sound fun? I can't wait to do it this year, my parents swear by it :)
Dec. 22nd, 2008 03:50 am (UTC)
That does sounds fun! Thank you! As a Southerner, people constantly swear by the collard green/hamhocks/black-eyed peas thing, but I hate the first two and Josh won't eat any of it. I need a tasty alternative. :) I can't wait to try this out!
Dec. 22nd, 2008 04:03 am (UTC)
Grapes - the more grapes you eat, the more blessings for the year. :) Much better than cabbage, peas, and corn bread!
Dec. 22nd, 2008 04:06 am (UTC)
I didn't know that! Josh & the girls will be happy to hear. It's their favorite.
Dec. 22nd, 2008 04:09 am (UTC)
Ooo tell me about the collard green thing! Mike LOVES them! I've never heard of this. :)
Dec. 22nd, 2008 04:53 am (UTC)
There's not much more to say! It's a ritual for New year's here in the South: you eat collard greens cooked with a ham hock, served with blackeyed peas, and it's supposed to bring you health & prosperity in the new year. I tried collard greens once, but I can't really stand the stuff.
Dec. 22nd, 2008 05:15 am (UTC)
Lol the sound of Ham Hock scares me... I think we'll stick to the pom. Maybe just eat plain greens. :)
Dec. 23rd, 2008 05:40 pm (UTC)
Me too, honestly. I'm not a huge fan of ham to begin with, but when you start talking hocks or pickled feet or something, I think I'd rather have a pomegranate.
Dec. 22nd, 2008 04:03 am (UTC)
Your rit was lovely!
Dec. 22nd, 2008 04:06 am (UTC)
Thanks! I was glad we got to do one together as a family.
Dec. 22nd, 2008 11:46 am (UTC)
The girls are getting SO big! Amazing hon!! :) What a beautiful share... not all the pics would open for me at work but the ones that did are lovely.
Dec. 23rd, 2008 05:41 pm (UTC)
They sure are! Thank you. I'm glad you got to see some of them. It was nice finally having a ceremony as a whole family.
Dec. 22nd, 2008 11:47 am (UTC)

i hope it wasn't as cold there as it was here, though! it's a whopping ONE DEGREE out right now...my friend and i unanimously agreed that the goddess and god would be perfectly happy for us to worship them from indoors.
Dec. 23rd, 2008 05:42 pm (UTC)
It was pretty cold, but I doubt it was *that* cold. I hear you guys are getting quite a bit of snow up north.
Dec. 23rd, 2008 07:38 pm (UTC)
nope, not in indianapolis. it keeps looking like it wants to ice, though. i would appreciate if it wouldn't. i have stuff to do! we had a few flakes the other day, but mostly just freezing our buns off.
Dec. 23rd, 2008 07:39 pm (UTC)
Ah, I presumed too much. My grandma's in IL and she says it hasn't stopped for a week.
Dec. 22nd, 2008 06:02 pm (UTC)
I've heard of the grapes thing too....It's very Spanish and Italian as a symbol of abundance for the New Year.
We put out one coin of each denomination: penny, nickel, dime, quarter and a 1/2-dollar. We put them in a baggie by our front door step to bring in income / stuff we need for the year.

I think it's an old German thing to eat cabbage for a lucky new year.... and pork chops too. yuck. We go for Chinese food on NYE instead. Pork fried rice and stir fried veggies give the same result and taste so much better!
Your girls are adorable. They look a lot like Josh. The "Got Marshmallows' pic is priceless!

I don't know all the details about the loss of your mom. Wasn't sure if I should ask. The 1st year is the worst, and then it gets better. Kids will recover the fastest b/c they are so long. That's how it was when my dad passed. I make sure to keep his memory as vivid for my girls as I can. Old video tapes help a lot, as well as photos. They were only 3 and 6 when he died, but I think they would know him if he walked in the room today b/c of all the reminders and talk we do. Yes, animals do pick up on these things too. That's so cool to include the doggie in the ceremony!
Dec. 23rd, 2008 05:49 pm (UTC)
I'm going to try some of these new prosperity traditions. I like the coin thing, too. Ooh, and wouldn't you know, I believe I have just one half dollar running around here somewhere.

I like cabbage and Josh likes pork chops, so maybe we'll try that one over collards. I don't like my Chinese place's pork fried rice. :P

Thank you! You even think Ivy looks like Josh? He hasn't gotten that one before.

Please feel free to ask or jump in anytime. I know I haven't been my most coherent on this topic. You can look back over my mom or death tags, too, if you want. (Not that you'd necessarily want...quite a downer given this time of year. lol) We only have one video that I found of my mom, but we have lots of pictures. I'm going to try to make everyone a scrapbook when I feel up to it. My girls were about that same age. I know Eden will remember her, but I worry about Ivy. I'm trying to do my best to see that she does.

Achaiah and my mom were friends too, and Achaiah and I have always had something of an unnatural bond. I'm pretty sure she knew, to an extent, what was happening. She went a bit crazy when I finally came home from the hospital, and I know she could feel all the sadness. She needed a way to grieve and let go, too. She didn't give us much choice, though. She just pushed her way out the door and jumped right in. :)
Dec. 23rd, 2008 05:57 pm (UTC)
We've held "funerals" for deceased kitties, and my other cats have joined the circle too. They just walk right in and sit down in the middle and let our meows! It's amazing....cute, funny, cool and amazing! They do understand at their own level and need to be comforted as well. P.

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