Lindsey had a solstice bonfire this year. We ate and laughed and burned the dark night away. Old things need to be cleared out, so I took the opportunity to burn a few things in the flames.
There was still the crowded run-up to Christmas, busyness, cooking, shopping, travel, clearing up and preparing for visitors. But the day comes and goes, and then the twelve days begin, the quiet time between Christmas and Twelfth Night.
Time for reflection, clearing out, planning, setting up. I have been re-arranging the studio, getting rid of things unnecessary, clearing away for a big project on the horizon.
In the past, I have used New Year's Day as a day to clean up, clear out and set up my studio. This year, friends will come. They will keep me on track, help me decide, and eat and laugh at the same time.
The dark of winter is a lovely time, a chance to reflect, to plan and to prepare. It sets the tone for the year ahead. It helps me to write things down, I remember them better. It's always a surprise to look back on last year's list, and see how much has been accomplished. Then it needs to be burned, and a new list begun.
A new year, new beginnings, a new plan, in a new light.
Happy New Year!