by Waverly Fitzgerald. The period of Advent, which means "to come," is a period of anticipation, of looking forward, of waiting. Advent customs have to do with marking time: lighting one candle...
The Advent Wreath
by Waverly Fitzgerald. I make my Advent wreath on Wreath-Making Day, the Saturday before the first Sunday in Advent by going on a walk through my neighborhood, collecting evergreen boughs...
An Advent Garden
by Erin Fossett. The December holidays can be a hectic if festive time of year, a season that can leave us ungrounded and disconnected from our natural rhythms. And yet, this season ...
Who Is Santa Lucia?
By Joanna Powell Colbert. One of the most charming customs of the Yuletide season is that of the Lucy Bride. She is the young woman or girl who wears a crown of candles on her head...
Twelve Days of Christmas
by Waverly Fitzgerald. My favorite time period of the year: the lovely, restful, quiet days between Christmas and New Year's.
WAVERLY'S BLOGThanksgiving as Harvest Feast
Most Americans know the semi-mythological story of the first Thanksgiving, how the Pilgrims of Plymouth Colony after a successful harvest in 1621 shared a meal with members of the Patuxet People of the Wampanoag tribe who had helped them plant their crops. But what we may not realize is that they were both acting out long-standing cultural traditions. The harvest festival, although it is celebrated at different times of the year and with different... [Read more]
SIGNS OF THE SEASONWordless Wednesday: Rainy Tuesday, Sunny Wednesday
Nature in PlaceSlow Flowers
Dahlias by Debra Prinzig I’m a big fan of Debra Prinzig. Naturally. Since she wrote a book called Slow Flowers (it was originally titled A Year in Flowers which worried me a little since that’s the working title for the book I’m writing about connecting with nature in my city neighborhood). Debra is a garden writer who became alerted to the issues inherent in purchasing flowers after reading Amy Stewart’s Flower Confidential, which... [Read more]
SeasonsA Seasonal Pilgrimage
This idea for attuning with a season comes from William Whittmann, a Seattle therapist, who sponsored pilgrimages on the equinoxes and solstices to sacred sites in the city. He chose to align himself with the solar markers of the seasons, those days when the season shifts (or reaches its peak): the equinoxes and the solstices. During the six weeks before the pilgrimage date, he meditated on the season and its metaphors (such as the element (earth... [Read more]