Tonight is the longest night of the year. After tonight, the days start to get longer. Yay!
Most Pagans I know celebrate this day by focusing on it being the shortest day and longest night. They celebrate the fact that the sun is returning and the days are getting longer. They celebrate the triumph of the light over the darkness. Which is all well and good. It’s their way of celebrating and I would never tell anybody that their way is the wrong way (unless it is).
I, however, celebrate the longest night for what it is – the longest night. For years I have contemplated holding an all-night vigil on the Solstice, not to anxiously await the first glimmer of dawn, but to celebrate the night in all its glory.
Not this year, but maybe next. We shall see…
My presents are almost all wrapped and beneath the tree is getting a bit stuffed. Once I have the last of the gifts wrapped, I’ll post pictures. It looks very happy and festive. We also have just about all of the shopping done. We just have a couple more things to buy and we are done for this year.
Holiday cards are starting to pour in and my DVD shelf where I’ve been hanging them is looking very bright and festive as well. Last year, for various reasons, I didn’t feel the holiday spirit at all, but this year is more than making up for it.
Now to go finishing wrapping presents and hanging cards.
Today truly is a manic Monday. Or, it was manic until I took the pretty little Ativan the oral surgeon prescribed. In just under an hour, I go to get my wisdom teeth pulled.
Yesterday we put up the Christmas tree and decorated it. It’s beautiful 9′ tree we bought after Christmas last year. Our poor little 6′ tree just looked pitiful with the 10′ ceilings in our house. Unfortunately, we didn’t buy any extra ornaments, so the tree looks a little bare in places.We have some goofy ornaments like Garfield, cars, and other such ones, but I’m not a big fan of those. We don’t have kids, so the kid-like ornaments just don’t work for me.
Oh well, we’ll buy more ornaments after Christmas this year so that next year we have enough.
We also hung a few pictures in the living room, finally. I wanted to wait until we’d had a chance to tear down the old, cracking plaster and put up new drywall, but the way things are looking, it might be later next year that we get a chance to do that. Bah… I’m sick of living in a house devoid of decorations.
Okay, time to go get ready to be put to sleep for a few hours.
Wishing you all a very Happy Thanksgiving (and if you don’t celebrate it, have a Happy Thursday)!
Hubby and I are heading off to his aunt’s house in a few minutes and then later tonight we’re going to my mom’s. I feel stuffed already. Okay, that may be because I made honey ginger carrots to bring to my mom’s and I’ve been munching on them all morning because they are so yummy.