Turkey Tracks: December 22, 2015
December 21st is Solstice–the longest night of the year.
Friends Margaret Rauenhorst and Ronald VonHeeswijk host a Solstice bonfire most years. This event is one of my most favorite events of the year.
Solstice marks the passage from darkness into light. Solstice is a time of reflection and quiet.
This year, the sky was filled with clouds, so no stars or moon–though the moon will be full at Christmas.
Margaret and Ronald light a HUGE bonfire that warms all who stand about it. This year, we are experiencing very warm weather on mid-coast Maine. It will be 60ish tomorrow. But the fire still warmed our hearts and provided moments of contemplation and companionship.
The paths in the yard are all lined with lumanaria that guide us down the drive to the house and fire.
See the sparks? We have to watch for those as the wind shifts because they can and do burn holes in your clothes.
When the embers die down, we throw our past and future intentions into the fire:
Holly is for a future intention we want to adopt or experience; hemlock for the past and involves something we want to release/let go/stop. We make little packets with our intentions written down and wrapped around the greenery.
The house is lit only by candles and the fire inside the hearth.
My camera flash illuminates the room for a moment only.
The sideboard is filled with bowls of nuts and fresh and dried fruit.
And Margaret makes us her dad’s special drink–a Tom and Jerry–which has eggwhites, spices, and whiskey as ingredients. It is delicious!
Thanks, Margaret and Ronald, for once again bringing your friends together for this celebration you make for us.