Monday, 24 December 2007

Christmas Knitting

Some weeks ago, I bought some yarn and decided to do a little Christmas craft project. This may not have been a bad idea at the time, but needless to say, I have been so busy that it is only at the eleventh hour that I have managed to complete it.


Little winter warmers to adorn our Christmas tree ~ tiny mittens and bobble hats!


A warm wool sweater with a Christmas tree motif.


And a red sweater with a snowflake design.


I knitted some others too, but as they are green; they don't show up too well on photographs against the green of the tree.


This was a fun and relatively fast project to do, but next time I will have to remember to start my Christmas crafts in July ~ then I won't be finishing them on Christmas Eve!

Yule


Saturday marked the Winter Solstice and the ancient festival of Yule. This feast marks the elder moon: the last moon of the year. It is a celebration of the sun and rebirth after the shortest day of the year. At the time of the Winter Solstice the earth's northern hemisphere tilts back towards the sun.

There are many associations between the festival of Yule and Christmas. A sense of completion of the cycle of the year; of wholeness and of birth.

We celebrate the birth of Jesus and remember a star shining in the east ~ a symbol of hope; candles and evergreens decorate our homes and a Christmas wreath ~ a symbol of the life cycle of the year and the seasons.


Candles light our homes on dark winter afternoons and evenings and the Yule log burns in the hearth. These symbols of fire and light remind us that the sun will return.

May this winter season be a time of celebration for you and your family. A time to contemplate the wonder of Christmas and the hope that it brings. May you have light in your heart and your home. May the many blessings of Christmas be yours to share with those you love.