Wednesday, December 22

The Shepherd Solstice Celebration

In an attempt to get rid of the commercialism of the festive season and with my love of all thing Mother Nature and Steinery, I'm trying to honour seasonal celebrations. I was excited about the winter solstice yesterday and planned a day of warmth and fire and reflection and general family cosiness.

It was a right royal disaster.

Here are the highlights.

  • Took half an hour to get everyone wrapped up for a winter walk in the snowy wood, then both children started crying because they were cold after 10 minutes and we had to come home.
  • Planned a lovely solstice lunch - everyone got or getting over colds, no-one hungry, no-one ate anything.
  • We baked frangipane mince pies, which stuck to the tin and were a crumbled mess.
  • I acted out The Yule Faeries story for Gwen and Molly using various wooden animals in place of fairy dolls - Molly knocked all the 'fairies' on to the floor. Gwen lost interest and wandered off.
  • Crafting ended with Gwen, who hates any sort of organised craft activity, just painting glue onto pom poms.
  • Lit candles all over the house, which Molly promptly blew out.
  • The yule logs for the fire were damp and fizzled out, so bedtime milk and stories by the fire was a bit nippy.
  • While the babies slept, I had visions of me and Mr Meep sharing a bottle of mulled wine in front of the roaring fire, discussing the year that was and the year that will be. Instead, he played on the Wii in the lounge while I sat in the kitchen sorting out my old Good Food magazines.

    This so wouldn't have happened in SouleMama's house.

    1. Oh dear! You did make me giggle a bit though...I didn't post the pic of Tabitha going mad with the glitter all over the took me over an hour to clean up and we're still finding glitter everywhere! Anyway, I just wanted to say hi and thanks for stopping by my blog :)

    2. Oh dear! Never mind though eh - it's always the planned activities that turn to cat poo, isn't it?! We did the sunset which was spectacular, but the sunrise was murky, chuffing cold and not enjoyable. Love anyway! xxx