Why the Tree of Life?

12.29.2008

Long Night Lanterns


We made Lanterns for the Winter Solstice. We tended to call it the 'Longest Night' rather than the Solstice, as we were discussing the lanterns. We also read an Enki story called "Festivals of Light" for a couple days before our Lantern Walk on the solstice.


The boys painted tracing paper with diluted red, yellow and blue food coloring. It came out very pretty.


We taped the paper to jars, and Daddy made a heavy-gauge wire & duct tape handle. Yay, duct tape. Good for everything. We used two old White Mountain Yogurt jars--- they were perfect.


On the Longest Night, we lit the boys' candles (3 tea lights each), as I told them something to the effect of:

Tonight is a special night. Tonight is the longest night of the year. For half the year, day by day, the world slowly gets darker as the nights get longer. But tonight that ends and the wheel turns back, and the days start to get longer again.

The darkness is never complete. A spark is always waiting.


Then the boys headed out with Dad, Aunt Hillary (and her dog Oliver) for what turned out to be a very blustery and cold (too cold for Ayla) walk around the block.

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