Saturday, December 1, 2007

Candles in the Darkness

Every year, on the first of December, I take everything off the dining table, wipe down the table, put the mirrors in the center, and place one candle on it. From here until the winter solstice, we will add one candle each night, until the mirrors reflect a blaze of lights in the dark nights. It is a count up to one of our favorite markers of the year, similar to an advent calendar but more brilliant. I use white candles, brass holders, and clear glass oil lamps on the mirror; this year, I found a tree shape covered in tiny mirrors to add sparkle in the center. If I could only keep one ritual from our year, this is the one I would keep.

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