Sunday, December 11, 2011


Craft Soirée- we had so much fun and all made lovely things.

The light is twinkling in the stars,
they shine  so bright above.
Each  day we light a candle bright
to share our light and love.

And so December is here...... my favorite month of the year. I love the way the moon looks on the dark sky, leaning on the empty branches of the trees.  The holidays that come this month celebrating the  birth of the light, the miracle of the light.  I love the clear sky in the evenings with all the twinkling stars.  The  crisp air, the mittens and hats and every day at snack we are able to celebrate the light by our small simple rituals.

First we all wash hands and sit down and then I take out my story basket and tell the story of Hugin and his grandmother ( Hugin  and Grandma  are puppets I made long ago and they are with us all year telling seasonal stories). Grandma showed Hugin how to make a lantern to keep some of Father Sun's light all dark winter long. In the story the children are hearing now Hugin and Grandma go for a walk and she tells him about the little red Tomten (gnome) who lives in the forest. Sometimes the little red Tomten brings a friend and then they love to play hide and seek with the children, grownups can't see them- only the children. Hugin wishes there was a way to keep a bit of Mother Earths Green mantle all winter long so Grandma  says, " I think I know a way". Home they go to find a  small dish, gather some moss from the garden and put a tiny pine branch in before they put it on the table to  be able to see it each winter's day. It is their own Winter garden.  The next morning Hugin discovers a treasure in it- a shiny stone and some red berries..hmmmmm who could have put  those in??? Was it you Grandma?? asks Hugin- why no she says perhaps it was your little friend, the Red Tomten. Hugin is sure to look every morning to see if the Tomten left anything new, not every day but some days he does.  The the story basket goes away and I reach up to our wreath, take my glittery star wand and we sing, Twinkle,twinkle little star... until the star wand lands on a child and that child gets to open the  rose box, that always has a new star in it to hang on the wreath. so now we have 8 stars and each day we will add another. A few little woolie angels have also appeared.   The we light our red lantern and sing,

Candle, candle burning bright
share with us your love and light.

Hold hands hold
then sing
Blessings on the blossom
blessings on the fruit
Blessings on the leaf and stem
Blessings on the root
after snack I open the lantern and we all blow it out singing
Little Candle golden flame,
come again tomorrow
Then off to our "tummy rest" on our pillows in the playroom for some lullabies before we go outside.

In the playroom the strawberries have gone (out of season ) and  every day a few more wooden stars appear in a basket, some wood and some painted gold. These have become cookies and cakes. The room has magically transformed to blue and gold with many stars,  some new blue cloths. It feels calm and simple in our room. Some paper stars appear on the windows, new books are out and the  fall books are put away. But our rhythm remains strong and the same, oatmeal or rice porridge for breakfast, fresh fruit, soup and milk, rest and songs, play inside and out. The children are protected, happy and calm.  We have made a few gifts for the children to take home- but this is a surprise so I won't tell, shhhhhhh. The play has been golden, Barbara is a master of free play and is able to be part of it but never interfering with the children's flow of ideas- just a continuation of them. We have houses and restaurants, lots of bakers and gnomes and lovely , creative, social, interactive play.
Our wonderful Bakke family will be leaving this Saturday to return to Norway. Thursday will be the children's final day here with us. We have so loved having them and will miss them so much.

Photos of the last 3 weeks

the end of November- busy raking leaves to jump in

Eden's Ice Cream Store

A Customer

inside to play

Back to the yard and all those leaves

Our Nature table

 Our room in blue

Our little green gnome is off to Norway- he is Oskars favorite

What are the kitties looking at? A golden star perhaps?
Toby, Leela and Giddyap

new stars
wise old Owl
A new house- who is inside?

Busy dressing the babies

 have some tea?

still dressing those babies

 peekaboo! come in

Mia sets up the pillows for tummy rest

Making our Winter Gardens

Here they are one for each

Making our Surprise gift shhhhhh

Oskars Installation

We still have to grind rice

Mia trying to move her giant "Carrot"

Barbara gets invited to visit Emerson's house

 Off to another room in the house.

While on the boat 2 go on a trip...

Giggly rest

Reading a story
Emerson & Mia build a house


Me too says Ruby- first climb by herself!

Hmm is the furnace broken??

Some quiet time

sleepy Eden

Our Star Wtreath

coloring Angels

Baby Oscars Papa visits

Busy Gnomes

Angels on the nature Table

I'm so tired

1 comment:

  1. Such a magical place to be in this magical time of year. Thank you Celia and Barbara for the warmth and magic you create. I loved hearing about the stories you are telling.