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Wow- it's December! Let's chat!

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Oh my goodness...December already! Ack!


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I'm here on the first day of the month even...

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"Helen Farias in The Advent Sunwheel, her book of suggestions for pagans wanting to celebrate Advent , points out that the Advent wreath, made of greens in a circle shape and lit by candles is a potent symbol. The circle with the dot inside has long been a symbol for the sun and is still used that way in astrology. Helen suggests putting a fifth candle in the center of the Advent wreath, to be lit on the solstice, to make the symbolism more apparent.

Many years ago I bought a circular styrofoam wreath form which is the base for my Advent wreath. I hollowed out cavities just the width of standard candles and I cover the styrofoam with tin foil and then with evergreens, usually bound to the form with wire, ribbon or ivy. I like to use candles in the colors of the four directions: yellow for east, red for south, blue for west and green for north.

There is another kind of wreath which is found in Germany and Scandinavia, made of apples and dowels (chopsticks would work too). Three apples with dowels connecting them in a triangle form the base and the fourth apple is suspended by dowels above the rest, forming a pyramid. The triangle and pyramid are also both sun symbols."

~ From Celebrating Midwinter by Waverly Fitzgerald

Personally, I think it's a good idea, but since I was raised Catholic the Advent Wreath has too much baggage.

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Hello, ladies (and papas), here's hoping to a great December . THe past months have been tough financially and emotionally for us, but I am really looking forward to the holidays this month. I think we are going to do a Yuletide celebration, based on Norse and Germanic traditions.

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Oh, I found some cool books last night at the library....

"Fin M'Coul" by Tomie dePaola- kind of violent, but neat to see it. If you're interested, I suggest reading it yourself before sharing it with your kids

"Do Princesses Wear Hiking Boots?" by Carmela LaVigna Coyle - the message is "a princess is a place in your heart"

"A cloak for the moon" retold by Eric A. Kimmel - a magical fibre made from moonlight

"Odin's Family: Myths of the Vikings" retold by Neil Phillip (ok, this is the most pagan-y one, but the others are worth sharing too)

Oh, and the other night I did an amazing spell trying to gain understanding and patience with my kids. It was a very powerful experience, and it was amazing the way I was able to connect with the goddess within my oldest daughter as a way of reconnecting with her.
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Happy December all!

Eilonwy: I have been thinking about what you said about being wealthy. Until recently I always felt that to be wealthy you had to lie and cheat and pretty much be a jerk. Once I realized that that is not true and I started focusing my positive energy to us having money, it started coming. Not saying that this is your issue... but maybe something similar, like a core belief you have is that being wealthy is bad or that you have to be bad to have money?? I don't know, just throwing that out there.
My dh is sort of not sure about the whole "Secret" thing, but I told him, what does it hurt to think good thoughts about stuff? NOTHING! The worst that could happen is we still don't get what we want, the best thing is we get it!

Got some good news from the bank... apparently Post Office LTD withdrew their request for all my money. LOL We are still proceding with the fraud stuff as they may try again in the next few days, but the woman at the bank said that usually it is over in 10 days.
You know I have to say, I feel really blessed right now. We didn't even need to ask people for money we got three offers to help us out with in minutes of us talking about it. Dh can take the check back to his work and we don't need it, but it was wonderful to know they had our back. Dh is opening a new account right now at another bank and in two weeks or so we will close the other account. I am so happy this is all working out!

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Happy December!

We have snow! :

It feels very good to look outside and see all those big snowflakes slowly falling from the sky! Help me staying calm while taking care of my four poor sick ones (DD1 start to get sick last night and it was DH's turn this morning)

mamaofthree, I'm glad all this get sorted out and that you have a good support system IRL!

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Happy December! No snow here yet. our first snow last year was on Thanksgiving Day, so the kid are anxious to see some snowflakes.

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NaturalMomOf3- No, I haven't gotten a coat yet. I can't accept second hand clothing unless it comes from a non smoking/no pet home.
Oh, and I'm a size 20. Thanks though!

So, it's December...and it's in the low 60's here (in MA). I love it! However, it is rainy. Oh well, it's still nice not to be cold. I think tomorrow will be 'normal' temps.

For those of you in cold climates, how do you connect to Mother Earth/Nature in the winter? I can't stand the cold so I tend to stay in unless I HAVE to go out. Of course, then I feel disconnected.
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We have snow on the way...literally! They are calling for gale force winds this afternoon as our temps drop from the really bizarre 60's (where they've been hovering) to the 20's. And then a foot or two of snow is a possible evening event! I can't wait...

I guess since most of my life has been spent in climates with a very distinct winter season, connecting with nature during the winter has never been something I think about...it's just something that is "there". If that makes sense? I'm not that fond of the cold, but I love snow, I love walking in the snow when it's all quiet and the moon comes out and everything turns a little blue and shimmery....mmm...

The house I grew up in is in the middle of nowhere so there wasn't a lot of light pollution and we heated with wood so it was pretty chilly upstairs (I remember waking up with snow on my bed, and the bedside water was ALWAYs frozen in the morning)...so we were connected to the realities of he season no matter what. The good and the bad. It gave me a good perspective on winter holidays I think...if you look back at earlier ways of living and what people had available come the end of December/early January you can see just how important having some sort of social gathering would be.

And how much faith and trust people were showing by celebrating. It's dark, it's cold, the fresh food is gone and the stored food might be starting to look a little light for the amount of time you know is still ahead of you before spring. Livestock might be getting sick, people might be getting sick...it's a really really hard time of year in certain climates when you take electricity and "modern items" out of the picture.

So just the fact that people came together and shared food and warmth and company and trusted that the sun was coming back and the spring would come and people could play a role in that...well...it's a pretty powerful season.

Which kind of plays into not liking the cold weather...I don't think our ancestors really "liked" the cold weather either! Winter rituals and practices all seem to be forward looking (bringing back the sun, appeasing the winter spirits to grant prosperity and health during the lean season, giving gifts to support the community and "force" people to remain within the social network of the community, etc).

But now I'm rambling...I want snow!

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For those of you in cold climates, how do you connect to Mother Earth/Nature in the winter? I can't stand the cold so I tend to stay in unless I HAVE to go out. Of course, then I feel disconnected.
I've been known to hug a tree in my front yard to to get that hum. I am also big on growing herbs on my window sill to get that green energy as well.

Sometimes all I can do is sun (or moon) like a cat, in the patch of moonlight or sunlight.

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I woke up sick this morning, which is a drag . . . but I am looking forward to spending the day relaxing with DD (who has been sniffly because of teething; she cut four teeth in the last week or so!).

Also, I made our first mortgage payment this morning! It was a good feeling, to finally be putting down money on a house of our own instead of sending off that monthly rent check. Scary too, because of course our mortgage payment is a lot bigger than our rent payment was . . . But we will manage! I am working on visualizing abundance and we are living as frugally as possible. I have found that there is a silver lining to being broke for long stretches of time; it teaches you what you can live without! I am grateful that we made it through the food bank days, that we are at a point where we can pay all of our bills every month, and that we rarely use credit anymore. Now, once we get our staggering credit card debt paid off, I will feel even more secure!

The snow is nearly all melted now, which means everything around our house looks slushy and gross. But it was a nice winter storm while it lasted, and a great surprise at the end of what turned out to be the wettest November in Seattle's history!

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December???????

When did that happen??

I have that song in my head where they sing "big wheel keep on turning!"

I was out in the middle of nowhere last weekend with my son and his boy scout group, they did a winter nature hike, and roasted weenies. It really was beautiful, the people have 800 acres. Ahh jealousy!
Though note to self, before next woods adventure, dont drink excess amounts of water!!! I had to pee in the woods, twice! : talk about connecting with nature!

mamaofthree-SO glad things are getting resolved. how very scary.

Ode- mama I am so sorry! i cannot believe someone stole your coat. Just like your couch, visualize a pet free smoke free coat and it will come, I just know it!

We havent had much snow. But has been in the single digits here lately!

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congrats on the house/home Birth Junky (though sorry 'bout the cold). It's such a neat feeling to own the home you live in...


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NaturalMomOf3- No, I haven't gotten a coat yet. I can't accept second hand clothing unless it comes from a non smoking/no pet home.
Oh, and I'm a size 20. Thanks though!
I have a cat, so I guess that won't work? Just let me know if you change your mind .

Not too much new going on here. My health isn't great and I'll probably have to go into the doctor (and don't have health insurance : ), so that upsets me. I think I just need to get some bloodwork done, hopefully.
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"Helen Farias in The Advent Sunwheel, her book of suggestions for pagans wanting to celebrate Advent , points out that the Advent wreath, made of greens in a circle shape and lit by candles is a potent symbol. The circle with the dot inside has long been a symbol for the sun and is still used that way in astrology. Helen suggests putting a fifth candle in the center of the Advent wreath, to be lit on the solstice, to make the symbolism more apparent.


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Personally, I think it's a good idea, but since I was raised Catholic the Advent Wreath has too much baggage.
Reclaim it! It was pagan before it was catholic! I take a bowl filled with stones, stick candles and greens in it. Not sure how i'm going to do mine this year, though.... now that i've moved from the pines back to the saguaros...... alas.
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hello all Well, we had 72 degrees on Weds. and then it dropped to 25 by yesterday afternoon. We had freezing rain, sleet, and snow all day and night. We lost power around 2am so I am hanging out at DH office with the baby. I am hoping to make it to my moms but she lives on top of a bluff, so her road is not driveable yet. It is supposed to get down to 11 tonight.

I love snow, but hate ice Trees are uprooted amd branches are down all over. There are over 1/2 million people w/o power and the number is climbing.....:

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Happy December all!

Eilonwy: I have been thinking about what you said about being wealthy. Until recently I always felt that to be wealthy you had to lie and cheat and pretty much be a jerk. Once I realized that that is not true and I started focusing my positive energy to us having money, it started coming. Not saying that this is your issue... but maybe something similar, like a core belief you have is that being wealthy is bad or that you have to be bad to have money?? I don't know, just throwing that out there.
Hm. It's a definate possibility. I grew up around people with *loads* of money and I certainly developed an impression of them, and it wasn't anything that I wanted to be. I thought it might be nice to have the money, but I didn't want to be like these people, especially the adults. I'll have to think about that, thank you.

Okay, it's ridiculously warm here today,but it's very windy and it's supposed to get cold over the weekend. Yay!

Liz-- I find that reconnecting with nature while it's cold is easier if I raise the energy first. Raising energy makes me somewhat impervious to the weather; the cold doesn't bother me nearly as much if I can feel that tingling in my fingers...

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we have had lots of rain...but it is starting to change over to ice/snow...the trees look like glass ! just beautiful!

I had a very interesting dream last night- (just as background I love the dark and am not scared of it) I don't remember the details but I saw a very dark figure come to me and then everything went dark and for a brief moment I felt scared and anxious and then calm and warm. the black figure circled me and we became one. thats all i remember...I never have dreams like this...

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could any of you mamas who live where it has snowed and is all icy, maybe post some pictures?? : :

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And I think I'm actually ready for it.

I was kinda melancholy after Thanksgiving for some reason or another, but things are perking up. We'll be having a yard sale tomorrow and I'm holding good vibes for a lot of $$$ so I can send a really, really nice gc to my MDC FIN (family-in-need.) We're also still cleaning up and rearranging the house and that feels really good -- lots and lots of stuff that dh and I are *finally* able to let go. Some of this will be going to my FIN, some for the yard sale.

We like to celebrate a number of different holidays during December and the first is going to be St. Nicholas day. This is mostly for dh who's family celebrated it growing up and he'd like to continue the tradition. I think it's a good way to also introduce how St. Nick and Santa intertwine. Anyway, we'll probably be making some cookies for the kids to leave in their shoes for him. I'll be stopping by the dollar store to get something simple for St. Nick to leave them.

Salvia -- I love that idea for the advent wreath! I may just have to go out and have dd help me create one for us to light. I've been really wanting to teach her more about Solstice as TV has done a great job of teaching her about Santa...

mamaof3: I'm glad to hear that the horrible mix up is mostly resolved! I just wanted to say that we're in the same financial boat as you, in terms of debt and resolving it. I use to be a practicer of positive affirmations like you discussed, and you're right about them working! But then I got distracted by life and it's fallen to the wayside. You've reminded me and I think it's time for me to start doing them again -- especially on this first day of a new month.

I'm sorry about all the sickness going around -- we had it in September/ October so I guess we were in the first wave?

Oh, and for weather, it's unseasonably warm and very dry for me (I'm in Southern CA). It's been kinda weird weather -- we had a very brief storm pass through, followed by some very chilly nights (Ok, chilly for me being about the 30 degree range.) I wouldn't mind a bit more humidity, though, and a bit more of the cooler 50-60 degree type days. I'm also worried that this dry air will make Yule tree buying a bit difficult. We usually don't get our tree til Dec. 18 at the earliest. I'm afraid that there may not be a good selection if we don't get some humidity soon...
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I'm becoming very jealous of you mamas talking about all this snow. It's 82 degrees today. We're buying our tree tonight and it's 82 degrees. Can anyone tell I'm not originally from FL? There's nothing better than walking through the woods on fresh fallen snow. Sigh.


We also do St Nick day and an advent wreath. Grew up doing both of those so I continue. The advent wreath for me has *nothing* to do with Christianity.

I need to get on the ball and head to the dollar store for St Nick goodies.

My boys were SO excited to open the first day of their advent calendars. It's hard to explain to a 2 yr old why he can only open one door a day.
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Heket- I hope you find a good yule tree! I'm still hoping we can cut our own tree next week at the "natural burial ground" open cutting day. It just sounds like fun, and a way for everyone involved to get something they want/need.

I'd forgotten you're in Southern CA...my dad's condition finally got to be too much for us to take care of (my mom was wiped out and it had reached the point where he couldn't stay alone without danger to himself and the farm property) so he left to spend some time with his family in San Diego and Ramona. We're hoping that the warmer/sunnier weather will help his mood and having so many family members there (including his folkls) will help with the caregiver burden. I miss him, and hate the fact that we wont see him for the holidays, but we're hoping to visit in late January or maybe February.

I think I migh need to try the positive affirmations for financial and family security. It's not something I've one a lot of, but it can't hurt, right?

AND...I'm going shopping for my own FIN tonight and can't wait. I've been trying to go for two weeks now and between holidays and the plague, I just haven't been able to make it happen. I'm so excited! It wont be fancy (the evil walmart calls me) but it will help...

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hello all Well, we had 72 degrees on Weds. and then it dropped to 25 by yesterday afternoon. We had freezing rain, sleet, and snow all day and night. We lost power around 2am so I am hanging out at DH office with the baby. I am hoping to make it to my moms but she lives on top of a bluff, so her road is not driveable yet. It is supposed to get down to 11 tonight.

I love snow, but hate ice Trees are uprooted amd branches are down all over. There are over 1/2 million people w/o power and the number is climbing.....:
That sounded very similar to our weather, and then I saw where you were, so it is! I'm on the opposite side of Illinois from you, so we didn't get hit so badly. We have power but our power company has a lot of lines down elsewhere. The worst missed us, but the drive into work this morning was a very careful one! Now we just have pretty light snow, the first of the year just in time to start December.

I hope you get power back quickly, that's really tough with a little one!

Ode, I was going to offer a coat as well (althought it doesn't sound as nice as the other one, but it would be warmer than a sweatjacket!) , but we're not the same size and I have dogs so I guess it wont work. I'll keep you in my thoughts and hope you get lucky with a replacement!

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Ode,

I have to double check but I think I have a jacket for you. It's hot pink, though.

It's a puffy ski jacket that's been sitting in my closet for 2 years since I haven't been skiing in forever.

My family of 3 (plus pup) Indigo (Aimee), Rob (dp), Ryne (ds) & Phebe (dog), plus my BIL's family of 3.

 
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Aimee- Is your home non smoking and pet free? (sorry to keep bringing it up but we have MASSIVE allergies/asthma). Thanks for thinking of me!
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Happy December everyone!!

Liz ~ I can't believe that someone would steal your winter coat! I hope one finds its way to you soon.

Birth Junky ~ congrats on the new home! That has to be such an exciting and rewarding feeling!

Valérie ~ healing vibes to you and your family, I hope you get over that nasty bug soon!

mamaofthree ~ I'm so glad to hear that your bank woes are fixing themselves. I can't even imagine the feeling. It's awesome to know that you had support available when you needed it

It's sad to see all of our lovely snow turning to nasty slush, but I am glad of the warmer weather since dh is gone to an event this weekend and I feel much better about him driving on clear roads than snowy/icy roads.

Here's to a fabulous December for everyone! :
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