December 27, 2016

Winter’s Cloak

This year I do not want
the dark to leave me.
I need its wrap
of silent stillness,
its cloak
of long lasting embrace.
Too much light
has pulled me away
from the chamber
of gestation.

Let the dawns
come late,
let the sunsets
arrive early,
let the evenings
extend themselves
while I lean into
the abyss of my being.

Let me lie in the cave
of my soul,
for too much light
blinds me,
steals the source
of revelation.

Let me seek solace
in the empty places
of winter’s passage,
those vast dark nights
that never fail to shelter me.

-Macrina Wiederkehr


The winter solstice is one of my most favorite traditions in our little cabin.  Its a time for reflection and coming inwards and a celebration that the sun will be returning soon as the days get longer minute by minute.

We always try to make our solstice celebration simple and slow…much like winter.

This year we baked LOTS of cookies.  We made enough to share with others and for Santa.

I usually try to use healthier recipes during the year for special treats, but we splurged on this recipe and made classic chocolate chip cookies complete with M&M’s.  Surely I thought my children were going to die in the check out line when they saw bags of real sugar and m&m’s!  The cashier surely thought they are very deprived.  Couldnt help but to laugh!

We used THIS very naughty recipe and we all really enjoyed it!  We will be sure to use it again next year.

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While our cookies cooled we went on our solstice hike.  We do this every year and it has become our favorite!  This year was even more special because a special woodland gnome left them a present.  A new chapter book to read together and special crystals to add to their collection.

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After our hike we always make sure to spend extra time with the animals on the solstice.  We take them extra treats to thank them for feeding us through out the year.

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At the end of the day the kids and I bake a loaf of sun bread to serve with dinner.  Solstice supper is usually some kind of soup or chili to warm us up.  We eat by candle light and enjoy some peaceful moments around the table together.  The kids and I take a moment after dinner to write down intention that we want to work on during the winter within ourselves.  We write them down on paper and burn them in our solstice fire to send them out into the universe.  And with that we cozy up in beds for a long winter’s rest and a season of slowness.


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