Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice is our favorite time of the winter holiday season. Over the past 5 years we've slowly developed some family traditions to mark this time.
(reading sun/ light themed books)

(Zach & Daddy making sun bread)

(eating the warm, fresh sun bread with honey comb and other sun fruits. Zach loves the honey comb more than words can say and spends days and days asking if it's honey comb night yet)

(loads of beeswax candles both home made and collected throughout the year. i love the way the smell of beeswax fills the boat)

(suns everywhere!)

(including this beeswax one we made and hung over our winter nature table)

(a new shadow puppet gifted to the family for this darkest night celebration)

(let the shadow puppet show begin! i love seeing how Zach comes up with crazy story lines. this is our friend and neighbor "diver mike" offering to change a zinc on the fox's Nile River ship.)

(Zach and Daddy deep in shadow puppet land)

(and of course Zach had to make a shadow puppet of his own for the show -- a lovable Yeti)

(a fabulous rock that I've been waiting practically all year to give to Zach. I forgot what kind of crystal this is, anyone know? It has a magical way of catching and shining out the light. perfect for winter solstice.)

And signing off with my favorite clip celebrating the light we all seek. Wishing you all light and love! Happy Solstice!


Dim Sum, Bagels, and Crawfish said...

Happy Winter Solstice! It all looks good,but I especially love the shadow puppets.

christine ~ ourdayourjourney said...

i wish we had a chance to celebrate. your celebration looks so warm and inviting. i love the pictures of the puppet show, especially zach's puppet. the the beeswax sun is very lovely, i'd love to do some suns, what brand mold is it? the crystal looks like calcite or gypsum, but i'm still learning them too :)

Holly @ Domestic Dork said...

You've given me ideas for creating our own celebration traditions!

Hullabaloo Homestead said...

Thanks for visiting! I'm enjoying scrolling through your blog. How fascinating to grow up on a boat. What a lucky Zach. Snowy laundry trips, a Christmas tree named Halloween, and that crystal....its either Selenite or Stillbite. If it appears to have more flaky looking sections length wise, which it appears to, it is prob the later of the two.


Caz said...

Your solstice celebration looks wonderful! Thank you for sharing it with us.. and that video clip was just perfect for the occasion!

Anonymous said...

love the apple candle holders too! Looks like you had a wonderful solstice! Thanks for one of my favorite songs and tv shows from college days! I love your special rock for Zach!- Tell Zach he made me smile today!!!! All the best to you this holiday Cindy!

River Sanctuary: Marykaye said...

Thanks so much for sharing your lovely celebration! Love the pictures and ideas you shared, too! My parents, sister and I "grew up" on a Pearson '26 on the Hudson and have recently had a small boat in Havre De Grace. It is a pleasure to think of you all living a dream we always had and in such a nourishing and joyful way. :)

Bill said...

Happy Winter Solstice! Next to Halloween, this is our family's favorite holiday. The Shadow puppets are an outstanding tradition ... one that we will be adding. Thank you for sharing! See you on the water!
-Bill, Val, KJ, and Dy

Viola said...

Wow- such a nice Winter Solstice Celebration!
I love the beeswax ornaments and the suns.
Could you post a list of the books you read about light and sun- I can see some titles, but not all and think it´s a very good idea...
Merry Christmas and Happy Return of the Ligth!!!

boatbaby said...

Christine - the sun mold I got on amazon. Here is the link http://www.amazon.com/YALEY-Plaster-Casting-Molds-Suns/dp/B001C1YAIE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1261944119&sr=8-1

Holly - yay! can't wait to see what you all do next year.

EarthMama - thanks for the rock ID, I think you got it!

Stuff - thank you, that clip makes me all warm and happy

mamaroots - thank you! You make him smile daily, it's the least we can do.

marykaye - welcome! how fun to meet another boat person. thank you for your kind words!

Hi Bill - thanks for dropping in. Shadow puppets are very fun indeed.

LittleLovables said...

what a wonderful celebration! I will have to implement something like this in our home

boatbaby said...

Viola - the books:
Lucia & The Light by Phyllis Root

Sun Bread by Elisa Kleven

The Shortest Day: Celebrating The Winter Solstice by Wendy Pfeffer

Night Tree by Eve Bunting

Owl Moon by Jane Yolen

Snow, Snow: Winter Poems for Children by Jane Yolen

The Winter Solstice by Ellen Jackson

Our favs are Sun Bread & Lucia and the Light & Owl Moon & NIght Tree


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