The next big festival, unless I am missing something, is Candlemas, celebrated on February 2. Celebrated 40 days after Christmas, Candlemas is also called the Feast of the Presentation. It’s the day Mother Mary was “purified” after birthing Jesus, and the day Jesus was presented in the Temple and dedicated to God.
Because I’m hoping to have the energy to do something for Candlemas this year, I’ve been looking in the archives. Last year we did it up in style— sun bread and edible candles and more. I also found a link to these beautiful watercolor lanterns from GardenMama. I probably won’t get to them this year, but maybe you’ll have better luck than me. I also found this lovely meditation in the archives:
Forty days after Christmas
Where have you traveled?
Where have I?
Through what desert,
In what ark, through what flood,
Toward what Temple, to be purified,
To face or hide from what shadow,
To meet the one who is waiting,
To recognize the one?
Where have we been?
How much longer the journey?
And how soon the thaw?
What are you planning for Candlemas?