Solstice greetings to you! It is that time of year and I'm taking a few minutes out of the busy day preparing for our Yule guests this evening. Cooking. Cleaning. Taking out the garbage. Taking empty decorating boxes to the attic. Working up a sweat and knowing that I still need to vacuum the floor and prepare the Yule Log. All for what?
Tonight will be the last time I am able to entertain a Solstice party at this level in my home. I've been doing this for 28 years and this is the last one. Nineteen people are slated for dinner with a couple more for appetizers before and a couple to light candles later. Next year, I'll have no fireplace for burning a Yule Log and room to entertain only four or five guests in my trailer and I don't have any idea what part of the country I will be in. So, I guess it's a little bittersweet.
We celebrate the end of the cycle of the year. The Sun King is reborn and from here to the Summer Solstice the sun climbs higher in the sky, warming the earth and helping the seeds to grow. It does this without concern for religion, without concern for nationality, without concern for good and evil. Even the Bible acknowledges the impartiality of nature: "The rain falls upon the just and the unjust." And so, I pass my blessing to all on this Winter Solstice. May you live to the fullest in this new year!