Friday, December 24, 2010
A Holly, Jolly Solstice
I also busied myself preparing the feast you see at left. I made a vegetarian roast with baked scallions, carrots, and potatoes. I also made fresh bread, steamed brussels sprouts, and bread pudding. Mmmm...carbs... Magical, wonderful carbs!
We went a bit overboard on gifts this year. In years past we kept a tradition - three large gifts and three stocking stuffers. This year... we kind of forgot and got lost in the joy of giving to each other. We really need to restrain ourselves next year. That said - I got some lovely gifts from my husband! In addition to some shiny and practical items, he also contributed to my growing Pagan library. I got a recycled three ring cardboard binder - something I want to use to make my new Druidic grimoire. I also received The Black Pullet (an old grimoire) and Witchcraft Medicine: Healing Arts, Shamanic Practices, and Forbidden Plants by Claudia Muller-Ebeling, Christian Ratsch, and Wolf-Dieter Storl Ph.D. (For my birthday a week ago, he gave me Toads and Toadstools: The Natural History, Mythology and Cultural Oddities of this Strange Association by Adrian Morgan.) Needless to say, I have a ton of new books to enjoy and learn from! Squee!
Today I am busying myself with last minute gift sewing and wrapping. Yes, I still "celebrate" Christmas with my vaguely Christian family. I love the excuse to see them. They know I consider the gifts I give them to be Solstice gifts just as the ones they give me are for their own holiday of giving and love. We somehow meet on common ground. At the same time, I look forward to having my own large home and throwing wonderful Winter Solstice parties for the whole family... Some day... This year, I enjoyed my quiet Solstice with Weretoad. :)
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