The Winter Solstice holds a special place in the hearts of our family. Today's activity on our Advent Calendar was to make Solstice Crowns, celebrating the rebirth of the Sun King and allowing our boys to feel connected to the cycle of the seasons.
Ironically, last week my dear friend Rose posted about her own Advent Crowns, which are so beautiful I was inspired to follow her lead. I found this tutorial and collected my supplies.
I finished the crowns with each little Sun King's initial and let them go to town with glue and sequins. It is very cute, I might add, to hear little b say "bling." I think the results are darling.Happy Solstice to all of you, and may the spirit of rebirth bring you great blessings and abundance in the coming season--fit for a King!
An exceprt from The Yule Faeries, A Winter Solstice Story:
The Old Wise One touched the baby's cheek with her wrinkled hand. "This is the great secret of the Winter Solstice. Every year the Sun King must come to the sacred grove during the darkest days of winter where he dies. I take his spirit to the Mother who gives him new life again. This is the way for all creatures, not just the Sun King."
"You mean everything lives and dies and lives again?" the Faeries looked down in wonder at the baby Sun King, nestled in the arms of the Mother.
" Yes, Little Ones," answered the Old Wise Crone. "There is never an end to life. This is the great mystical secret of the Winter Solstice."