Monday, December 14, 2009

"Mama, why do we put ornaments on the tree?" "Well, my dears let me tell you a story..."

Where once it glowed a sweet merry calm, the Forest of Ornaments, 'tis almost gone. "But why? Where could it be?" asked the children nestled at my knee. Follow the hush and close your eyes and I will tell a story to thee.
Once upon a time, in a faery wood there was evidence of all that is light and good. Here begins the tale of hope... You see the Faeries were the first to decorate the Evergreen tree. White lights would dance upon the boughs and the trees, lonely for company during the longer bleak days, the Faeries would invite the woodland animals to take harbor and feast with them. There would be berries and nuts strung on gossamer strands on every tree, bush, and vine. Tiny acorn cups full of cider and cheer clunked together to celebrate a New Year. After the festive feast on the woodland boughs, the trees, vines, and bushes ended the night with a miraculous delight. On the ends of the branches there was a glowing with all the colors of the rainbow and then some, since the Faeries can see the colors we humans cannot and after the shine of love and light lit up the forest night what was left was such a sight to see. Each vine, each bush, and each evergreen was decorated with ornaments of love and glee.


"Ohhh..." the children whispered with wonder and awe. "Where are the Forests of Ornaments now, Mama?" they ask in hushed tones.
















Well, there are less and less quiet woods, you see, for their revelries each year, less quiet in which to celebrate. We must help the Faeries and animals by putting out our dried fruit and nut garlands on the quietest, darkest, night our Solstice. Then, only when we see the woods as the shelter and the creator that it is, for it willingly gifts us our homes and breathes out so we may breathe in, the Forest of Ornament celebration will return and the vines, bushes, and trees will feel merry enough to show their finery once more...








































So, one Sacred starry night last year, we set to the woods and laid out our finery of fruits and harvest and burned our log of Yule with the ribbons and glitter and bits of dried flowers and grasses and mementos collected throughout the days, each little bit, chock full of who we were that year and who we'd loved and met and lost.










And lo…
The next morn, a fine divine ornament did grow…
I think we all once dreamt of the forests adorned by lights and Nature's jewelry and so we decorate our trees to remember to cherish one another and the Earth's ornament and exquisite beauty.
A blessed Solstice story dreamt up by me, from my family to yours, written early. A gift to you, so that you can make preparations, if you decide, to celebrate and love our Earth and all its beings at this Yuletide.

12 comments:

Gingeyginge said...

Beautiful post

Such a Wondrous Place this Faery Space said...

Thanks ever so much!Such a vintage twist is your blog! Amazing! Blessings.

Terri Kahrs said...

Amy, thank your for this enchanting and wondrous Solstice gift of love. You, My Dear, are a beacon of enlightenment and joy. Hugs & Blessings, Terri xoxo

Olde Dame Penniwig said...

Amy I can never follow yer clever mind, but I love yer sweet stories and pretty photographs!!!

Such a Wondrous Place this Faery Space said...

Your welcome Terri! A lighthouse, that is you. Blessings.

Such a Wondrous Place this Faery Space said...

You don't need to understand. The path is just there and mine is full of curves, incomprehensible turns, silliness and entirely too much glitter to actually see what my strange stream of consciousness is made of. I figure it is probably akin to cotton candy, crepe paper and blows around like streamers at a party in a grassy knoll. Yup, that is my theory. I guess we will never know if anything I say means much, but, oh how my silly path makes me feel, now that is heavenly. Heavenly.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh my gosh AMy....the story and that magic ornament are truly breathtaking and divine. Please come to my blog and see the Christmas story that I also wrote! Did you make that ornament? Ooooopss, I'm sorry; the faeries did, Oh how stupid of me!!! They really know how to get the right color! That blue is dreamy and my absolute favorite. Oh Amy, how I love your storytelling. Bless you always dearest friend!!! Anita

Such a Wondrous Place this Faery Space said...

Thanks Anita! I can't wait to read your story! You are so gifted and the sweetest! Blessings.

stregata said...

An enchanting story of wistful bygones and hopeful beginnings...

Georgianna said...

So very beautiful, Amy, with such magical imagery! Thank you for sharing this Solstice story and reminding us to appreciate and revel in all that this time of year bestows. xo

Sandra Evertson said...

Just Fabulous and Gorgeous photos too!
Sandra Evertson

Joanna Rowan Mullane said...

Beautiful sweet Amy! Thank you for the lovely Christmas Card as well dear one. Thinking of you!
Lots of love,
Joanna