FOTESS Celebrating the Winter Solstice Season Swap!
Hi Everyone and welcome to the December FOTESS swap!
This year we will be celebrating the Winter Solstice Season by sending greeting cards to other members of FOTESS, much like we did last year with the Christmas Holiday.
If you sign up, you will be sending 5 cards, with a Winter Solstice Season theme to 5 other members of FOTESS. And that's all. Very Simple, which is good for this time of year!
As with last year, if you would like to send a small giftie, you can, BUT make sure the giftie is small enough that you are still using just ONE stamp to mail out.
Gifites are TOTALLY optional, not really needed. The card is the important thing!
Let's talk about the Winter Solstice Season for a minute. The Winter Solstice occurs every year on or around the 21st of December. It is the shortest day of the year, and the traditional start of the winter season. The season lasts for 2 1/2-3 months.
it is a dark, somber, cold, silent season. But we can use those attributes to enrich our lives. The stark, barren branches of the winter trees allow us to see ahead more clearly. And the snow covering the ground provides a security blanket for all growing things, surely a comfort to all us Gardeners!
This season can be a time of reflection, of looking back over the past year; assessing and evaluating what we did and what we need to do differently. A time for remembering loved ones and all the good things that happened.
It can be a time of snuggling in and staying warm. Or a time for taking long walks in the cold fresh air. It could be a time of being silent and still, a time of dreaming; a time for resting and gathering strength.
The Winter Solstice Season is a season of anticipation. A watchful, waiting time. Laying plans for the new year; preparing home and self for the upcoming challenges. A time of looking ahead to everything we want to do and starting to fit it all in (seed catalogs come to mind here!).
But mostly, I think it is anticipation of the return of the Sun's light and warmth in the Spring. How we look forward to that! That sense of anticipation keeps us going thro the long months of January and February. Of all the seasons, I think Spring is the most anticipated!
Just a thought: for those of you who really want to get into this particular card sending: the colors of the Winter Solstice Season are white, black, grey, mauve, silver and blue. There are flashes of green in the occasional pine tree and the red of a cardinal's wing, but mostly the colors are somber.
You can sign up until December 9th. I will do my best to get your list of names to send to by Monday or Tuesday of that next week (I can't remember how I did it last year!! AGGGHHHH!!)
I will post the rest of the instructions when I send the names.
You can mail your cards at any time during the month.
Who wants to Celebrate the Winter Solstice Season?