Monday, December 17, 2007

Fee's Gifts

Solstice traditions include wreaths and fresh greenery, so Day 13 was this wreath. The cardinal was supposed to have gone on the seeds for Day 12, but I forgot, so he got stuck on the wreath.The sun and the moon dance and blow the trumpets,
and a little child shall turn the Wheel of the Law.
Secret of the body, of the Word and Heart of God,
His innermost breath is the steed of the Bodhisattvas.

tibetan buddhist - marpa

Day 14 was a bell ornament. The bell, like the wreath, is associated both with the Winter Solstice and Christmas.
“Ring out the old, ring in the new, Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go; Ring out the false, ring in the true”

Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Day 15 was a candle wrapped in a napkin of metallic gold (from several years ago...looked pretty, but totally impractical). Fee thought the package was so pretty and never recognized the "wrapping" as one of the napkins.

“Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.”


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