Category Archives: Holiday

A Gift For Myself

This book trailer is for the holiday gift I got for myself.  The trailer may give you a hint about why, after reading about Far From The Tree a couple of months ago, I couldn’t let it go.

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Winter Solstice 2012

solstice

It feels like I haven’t had time to breath during the last two weeks.  Many, many events at school,  children filled with lots of energy and excitement and everything feels like it is edging towards chaos.  The new year approaches, the earth is turning and those of us in the northern hemisphere are coming back into the light.

Sending you all good wishes for a joy filled holiday season.  Peace.

The Shortest Day

And so the Shortest Day came and the year died
And everywhere down the centuries of the snow-white world
Came people singing, dancing,
To drive the dark away.
They lighted candles in the winter trees;
They hung their homes with evergreen;
They burned beseeching fires all night long
To keep the year alive.
And when the new year’s sunshine blazed awake
They shouted, revelling.
Through all the frosty ages you can hear them
Echoing behind us – listen!
All the long echoes, sing the same delight,
This Shortest Day,
As promise wakens in the sleeping land:
They carol, feast, give thanks,
And dearly love their friends,
And hope for peace.
And now so do we, here, now,
This year and every year.

By Susan Cooper

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Winter Solstice 2011

I am very lucky.  I work in an environment that respects and honors children.  It is a profound experience.  We have a holiday tradition before our winter break.  All of the children, from 3 year-olds to middle school students, are invited to write a wish on a strip of shiny paper.  Then we string them together in a chain and bring them to a gathering where we talk about the Solstice and the returning of the light.  A student from my class wrote this wish:

I wish that it would be so peaceful that everyone could hear the river.

It gave me chills.  What river was she thinking of?  What river was she hearing?

The Shortest Day

And so the Shortest Day came and the year died
And everywhere down the centuries of the snow-white world
Came people singing, dancing,
To drive the dark away.
They lighted candles in the winter trees;
They hung their homes with evergreen;
They burned beseeching fires all night long
To keep the year alive.
And when the new year’s sunshine blazed awake
They shouted, revelling.
Through all the frosty ages you can hear them
Echoing behind us – listen!
All the long echoes, sing the same delight,
This Shortest Day,
As promise wakens in the sleeping land:
They carol, feast, give thanks,
And dearly love their friends,
And hope for peace.
And now so do we, here, now,
This year and every year.

By Susan Cooper

Wishing you and yours a peaceful and joyous Holiday Season.

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Happy Christmas to All

Startrails by P.M. Heden

A Joyful Christmas Eve and Happy Christmas to all, what ever way you celebrate.   This image is from NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day and is credited to P-M Hedén (Clear SkiesTWAN).  Pointing skyward, the wall of this ruined Viking church still stands after a thousand winters, near the town of Vallentuna, Sweden. The time exposure records the scene on December 14th as stars leave graceful arcing trails during a long night, reflecting planet Earth’s daily rotation on its axis.

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Book Bloggers Holiday Swap 2010

I’ve decided to sign up for this years Book Blogger Holiday Swap.  It was so much fun watching everyone open their surprise last year that i just had to join in.  Signing up is open until November 14th so if you are interested hard over to the wesite, check out the FAQ’s and fill in the form!

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A Full Moon and a New Year!

New Year’s Eve and a full moon, a blue moon at that.  I’m hoping the sky will clear tonight,  there is nothing better than standing in the light of a full moon.

The last few days of 2009 have been a bit stressful.  Mr G, an organ transplant recipient, has had some health issues, which meant time spent in the hospital for tests and procedures.  Things have stabilized a bit and hopefully, this will all resolve with the coming of the New Year.

I wish all of you a joyous and peace-filled 2010.  Happy reading and happy blogging!

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Merry Xmas to All!

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