Monday, February 1, 2010

Preparing for Spring

As Candlemas approaches, we put away every evidence of the Christmas season and prepare for Spring. The day before Candlemas, we strip our seasonal table and begin again. A pale colored cloth or plain wood underneath is a nice way to start. One lone candle and perhaps a few bare sticks, seedpods or a tray of dirt remind us that soon new life will begin again and the world will become vibrant and abundant once more. Thus the cycle of life continues.

Down with the rosemary, and so
Down with the bays and misletoe ;
Down with the holly, ivy, all,
Wherewith ye dress'd the Christmas Hall :
That so the superstitious find
No one least branch there left behind :
For look, how many leaves there be
Neglected, there (maids, trust to me)
So many goblins you shall see.

~Ceremony Upon Candlemas Eve by Robert Herrick (mid 17th century)


  1. Oh Im looking so forward to spring!!! I really like that idea of starting very simply for the spring nature table. There is something that feels so very restful and yet exciting about it. Perhaps its the thought of all those litte seeds waiting to pop out. Your are so creative thanks for sharing : )

  2. Oh Jen, I can't wait for spring! Have a happy Candlemas celebration. My husband, Mark, has seen two badgers this week on his very early morning runs. They are about sniffing the air, testing for Spring! I am sure you have lots of lovely plans afoot for your girls.