The lighted gift box is “delightful”, Freda. And i would love a better look at that piece of art! Now i am thinking, we could call the process the 24 days of Christmas...and curate our decorations to 24 of the most treasured pieces.. wouldn’t it get to be fun to decide just which of the 24 pieces was going to come out of hiding on this day?
and then as we get older and wiser, we could make it 12! That would get hard, eh? But the time will come when just 12 will be just the right amount of effort...
I’m not ready...but i know that that day will come..and i hope, thru following your simplifying process, and my own, that when the time does come, i can do it gracefully.
I do like your idea Julia - at least the 24 day version - for now!
I am all admiration for your carefully crafted celebration of Christmas. In my imagination, every choice gives you time each day to contemplate the season in slow deliberation--a peaceful and joyous art installation.
I also find myself remembering where the decoration came from, or who it came from and I am enjoying the slow pace of it. Quiet fun!
Feeling somewhat overwhelmed by flu bug and slow progress in Christmas preparations, your light box decoration really brightened my day ! Thank you.
I do hope you get over that soon and that maybe you can even enjoy doing it all slowly? The light box was a purchase from IKEA last year - I love it.
Mary is quite right in imagining adding one Christmas ornament a day gives (more) time to contemplate the season. At least that is how it works for me.
I've also started reading The Light in the Lantern by Georg Dreissig, again. Childrens stories of a page and a half from an antroposofical author. The first week was about Christmas and the mineral world.
I've deepened that by chosing a few gem stones (amethist, white agate, rock crystal) and making a small exhibit.
Next week in the book is flora.
Christmas and the mineral world? You do come up with some intriguing material for us to investigate Cath. Thank you!
Maybe I should explain a bit more. In the first two stories of the first week stones play a prominent role. There's one story about water turning into ice, one about spinning gold and silver thread, one about the wind, one about light in a lantern. For every story the journey of Joseph and Mary to Bethlehem is the context.
The second week brings stories about the plant world, again in that larger context of the journey to Bethlehem. It's a book for young children, sometimes a story is just half a page.
The third week: animal world and in the last week to Christmas humans appear and the arrival in Bethlehem is near. In anthroposophy the same order is followed to build a nativity scene at home over the course of four weeks.
My copy is from 1989 and I read it this year for the 19th(!) time. I like it's simplicity and prefer it over Jostein Gaarder's The Christmas Mystery.
Thank you so much for this Cath!
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