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 BLOGHanukkah: Festival of Lights
This blog was originally written for the holiday lore blog at Amber Lotus. The Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, like the stringing of Christmas lights on trees and houses, and the lighting of the Advent candles, celebrates light during the darkest time of the year. The Jewish holiday calendar is still a lunar calendar and that means that the theme of light and dark can play out in the timing of the moon as well as the sun. Hanukkah always begins on the... [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]