Solstice & Christmas Greetings

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Camus: In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer

Solstice (from the Latin, sol:sun; sistere:to stand still), a twice a year happening when the earth stands still for a nano-second and then begins its tilt in the opposite direction towards a new season. In the northern hemisphere where the night is the longest, there is a promise of warmth to come after the bitterness of cold. In the southern hemisphere and the longest day, we’re aware that the days will shorten and the nights will be imperceptibly longer.

The December solstice happens at the same instant for all of us, everywhere on Earth. For the moment, there is balance, stillness, pause – and a holding of the opposites –

For many if not all of us, 2016 has been a particularly tumultuous year. Maybe we say this each year as it draws to a close and we look back to all that has happened not only within our own lives but at events around the world. I hardly need to mention them. Have we reached a tipping point? Are we tipping over?
May the December winter and summer solstice’s stillness be the precursor to the turning point for our world as we approach the new year. More than anything we need peace, compassion and goodwill on our planet. The deeply felt knots that keep us bound need untying.
We’re down in Plettenberg Bay for the festive season. Both our sons are here, Davey with Jüte his bride. My husband’s sister Jenny and her husband from San Francisco will be with us on Friday, en route from visiting friends in France. I’m preparing for this great celebration. I brought down from Johannesburg a poinsettia plant which was a gift. There’s something so Christmassy about them.
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 Lastly, our Christmas card greetings to you. My son crafted it some years ago and we just update the year. This time we’ve obviously included Jüte, our beautiful daughter-in-law, a blessing in our lives. It comes to you with love.
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Thank you all for your warmth and friendship. Long may it continue.

54 comments on “Solstice and Christmas Greetings”

  1. Well said and a beautiful post, Susan. Sending you and your family good wishes for a positive year ahead, good health, and peace. Love the image of the invincible summer in all of us. Cheers. Here’s to friendship and love in the world.

  2. I’m a bit late popping by, Susan, but thank you for your warm wishes. I do hope we haven’t reached that tipping over point. It sounds like you had many loved ones gathered with you for your Christmas celebration. How wonderful. I wish you and your loved ones peace and joy throughout 2017.

    • Thank you for coming by Norah! I too hope we’re not tipping over. I hope you’ve had very merry and happy festivities. All has been lovely on this side thank you. My good wishes go to you and family for 2017. Peace and joy – how lovely!

  3. wow Susan ! what a privilege for me to read your post today; I was not able access your post from my home computer. Now at my workplace I am glad to read your post, i sense the excitement in your post for a celebration. Loved the images specially poinsettia plant, and the beautiful card communicates so much. Wishing you and all your family members a Merry Christmas and great year 2017 ahead. I want to wish you love, joy, peace, happiness, harmony and abundance of everything to you and your family susan. Love and hugs

    • Thank you dear Genevive for your lovely comment. Here in SA today, the 27th is another public holiday. The 26th always is a public holiday, Boxing Day or the Day of Goodwill – and because Christmas Day fell on a Sunday we’ve had 2 public holidays in a row – so I was interested to hear that you’re at your workplace. Thank you for your lovely wishes, and I wish the same for you and family. Love to you 🙂

  4. Merry Christmas dear Susan!

    Thank you so much for sharing the warmth and joy of your heart at this extraordinary time of year. I can deeply relate to your words today as I finally begin to emerge from nine months of (hopefully pregnant!) darkness. A rich Yuletide blessing to you and your family. Love your Christmas card, and that’s such an inspiring quote by Camus! Love and blessings, Deborah.

    • Deborah, it’s so nice to see sign of you here or anywhere. I think of you often and miss you and your powerful and inspiring words. Blessed Solstice and return of light. May our candles burn bright in the darkness.

      • Thank you so much Elaine for your beautiful words. It’s Christmas Eve and you, Susan and Jeanie have been in my thoughts so much these past few days that I thought aha! it’s time to say hello to my dear online friends and wish you all a very merry Christmas. Love your latest Solstice article!

    • Deborah, how lovely to see you here – I was thinking of you the other day! (9 months to give birth – exactly how it should be – (even though I don’t like like the word ‘should’) – may your candle continue its flame and all warm Christmas greetings and blessings to you. Love, Susan.

      • Oh that’s lovely, thank you so much Susan. Yes, the ‘nine months’ wasn’t lost on me either, especially after this years tumultuousness, and Saturn’s long transit in Scorpio. Love, Deborah.

        • I think some other significant planet is going backwards – but I can’t remember which one – all I know is that these are trying times, and giving birth to anything new and worthwhile is proving to be a very long labour. Thank you Deborah and love to you, Susan.

  5. A late reply to you, Susan. I hope you enjoyed the solstice. I hope you enjoy your visitors. A very merry Christmas to you and yours, and a wish for peace and all things good in the new year.

    • Thank you Merril! I said to my daughter-in-law around midday on the 21st that it was our summer solstice – she didn’t know but was so interested to hear about it. All going very well thanks – sister-in-law and her husband arrived last evening, cousin-in-law and her daughter joining us for lunch tomorrow – all these in laws – time for me to do something of the outlaw kind – Peace be to you and yours and everyone –

  6. Blessings back to you and your family, Susan. Tonight I wait for my oldest son and his wife to arrive (with 3 granddogs who get along beautiful with each other and with my girl). We’ll share a Solstice ritual a day after the actual pause because that’s when they arrive, but everything pauses naturally this time of year. If I’m in a frantic mood, I just have to go outside and participate in what Nature offers. Coasting along with a huge bright Venus in my southwestern sky. We’re desperate for a taste of peace this year.

    • I’ve also noticed Venus looming larger than usual Elaine. I hope by now dogs, son, and d-i-l have arrived safely and are happily romping around in the snow – i.e. the dogs. My sister-in-law and husband arrive this evening …

  7. Thank you, Susan and family. So beautifully said and crafted. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and joyous holidays there in Plett in the warmth and embrace of your family.

    Love and light to you all.

      • Thank you, Susan. I will not be with Kellie and granddaughters this Christmas. They live too far away — a day’s drive or several hours by flight, 11 hours by train, too far to be achieved at this time. Robert will be here. I’m roasting a turkey and he’ll bring the wine. 🙂 We will raise a toast to you and family. Cheers!

  8. Beautiful post, Susan. 2016 has been the most challenging year I can remember–I definitely haven’t had many years like this! Let’s hope 2017 is a lot better.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I hope you have a lovely holiday with your family.

    • Thanks Holli. Yes it’s been a year to remember everywhere – I wish we could say we could ‘forget it, put it in the past’ but I think not. Hopefully we’ll awaken to some lessons to be learned.

      All happy Christmas and New Year wishes to you Holli, and thank you for coming by.

    • I can hear the surf – still to walk the beach and when I do, I’ll give your love to it – and the great white shark that roams the underground right there – 🙂

  9. Beautiful card. Joyful. As you move into summer I move into winter, and I feel just momentarily that all is right in the world. Balanced. Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year to you and yours.

  10. Hi Susan – I wonder if my poinsettia I planted out … is still there in Curvy Road, Blairgowrie?!

    Have a very happy time with Jenny and her husband … then your family and the recent addition of Jute into the family fold – sounds like it will be a wonderful time …

    Circles of life and light … when the stars are out on a gloriously clear night the world is alone in it’s brilliant diamond sky … yet it has its own life, we have ours as we spin around on its surface …

    We need to find the balance for ourselves and encourage others to join us .. let us hope 2017 leads to better things for one and all … certainly less discord …

    Have the most wonderful time, a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and 2017 – cheers Hilary

    • One day you will come and see if the tree is there. Poinsettias are especially lovely when they grow to the fullest. Reminds me of our years in Rhodesia – Zimbabwe.

      The skies are clouded over as I write now quite late at night. Not a star to be seen but there nevertheless. Thank you for the lovely image of our planet in its ‘…brilliant diamond sky…’

      Here’s to good health and cheer to you Hilary, and thank you for your lovely wishes. Susan

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