By Candlemas, February 2 (the feast of the Presentation of the Lord in the Temple), the worst of winter is past. The days are lengthening. The "lengthen season" - the original meaning of Lent - comes soon. The world aches for springtime. Forty days ago, on Christmas Day, a light was kindled. On Epiphany this light rose to twinkle from the stars. And this starlight is placed in our arms.
The feast of the Presentation comes midway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. I wasn't too quick to say farewell to our nutcracker mantle since the lights sparkle and shine and make each day cozy and bright. It will reluctantly be dismantled after the Presentation on February 2. Just in time for Saint Valentine's Day, our wedding anniversary.
To compliment the wintry colors on the nutcracker mantle, I laid out seed catalogs to remind me that spring is just around the corner. Even though we have had a very mild (and very different) winter, I long for spring and the lengthening of the days.
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