The Year Is Beginning To Grow Up!

This weekend brings one of the cross quarters of the year. For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, we now find ourselves halfway between Midwinter Solstice and Spring Equinox! If you’re on the South side, you’re between Midsummer Solstice and Autumn Equinox.

Either way, this turning of the year offers a gentle reminder to check in with ourselves and our environment, and take a moment to honor the unique experience of this particular transition.

I love the tradition of taking our little ones for a “Lantern Walk” to welcome the growing light of Early Spring. Several years ago we created paper lanterns inspired by Garden Mama’s Watercolor Painting Lantern Tutorial . They’ve held up so well that we can use them again and again!

Tomorrow night we’ll bundle up, take our lanterns and hot cider and head up into the nearby hills to meet up with friends and family for an evening adventure!

We’ll share stories and sing songs and enjoy one another’s company as we light up the dark night with our lanterns.

Care to join us in spirit? Here is our favorite lantern song, sing along with us, wherever you happen be…

Glimmer, Lantern, Glimmer

by M. Garff, Germany

Glimmer, lantern, glimmer
Little stars a-shimmer.
Over meadow, moor and dale
Flitter, flutter, elfin veil.
Pee-wit, pee-wit, tick-a-tick-a-tick,
Roocoo, roocoo.

Glimmer, lantern, glimmer
Little stars a-shimmer.
Over rock and stock and stone,
Wander tripping little gnome.
Pee-wit, pee-wit, tick-a-tick-a-tick,
Roocoo, roocoo.

Click here to listen to a rendition by Lorraine Nelson Wolf, from her album “Follow Me”

May each of our lanterns shine brightly, showing us the way through the end of winter’s darkness and into the waxing glow of spring.


Art | “Lantern Walk” by Giuliana Serena

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