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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.



Yum.



Yum.



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



Pretty.



Also pretty!



Much clearer now, wouldn't you say?



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

Happy Solstice!

Comments

ahavah
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.
peaceofpie
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.
ahavah
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.