Summer Solstice – Day 1

It’s summer!! We’re celebrating the long days with yard work and lots of iced tea. How about you?

Our inspiration for this table is Sue’s Earth vase. The craftsman almost didn’t sell it to her because it was ‘the most perfect of all the ones he made’. I agree, this is pretty nifty! We added a collection of handblown bowls, bubbles and vases in the  swirling colors of the oceans. Solstice celebrates the first day of summer with dancing and fire to increase the sun’s energy and the Druid’s celebrated the day as the ‘wedding of heaven and earth’. We’ve included sunflowers to represent the garlands of flowers and herbs thought to ward off evil spirits, the candles for their bonfires.

The tablecloth is from my mom, who got it from my grandma years ago. She bought it just before World War II reared its ugly head. She saw it in the window of a department store and thought it was so pretty she saved a little bit of her household money each week and put on layaway. This was a pretty big deal back in the day since the country was just coming out of the Depression.

The plates are those fabulous hostess sets that have a niche the glasses sit in so you can hold your plate and glass AND still eat gracefully! One set is faceted so we wanted to be sure to light them up after dark while the other set is shaped like a tree. The clear globe in the center of the table next to the world is from my paternal grandfathers desk.

You should dance the night away and stay up to greet the dawn. We wanted to show the table in day light as well as night and almost had to stay up the night just to get the shot!

I think it was worth it : )

Fun facts:

Pagans called the Midsummer moon the “Honey Moon” for the mead mead made from fermented honey that was part of wedding ceremonies performed at the Summer Solstice.

Pagan spirit gatherings or festivals are also common in June, when groups assemble to light a sacred fire and stay up all night. The Druid celebration of the day resulted in the present day belief of a ‘lucky’ wedding in June.

Today, the day is celebrated around the world, most notably in England at Stonehendge and Avebury, where thousands gather to welcome the dawn.

Whatever you do today, have fun since its the longest day of the year!

Tomorrow – think lemonade!!

(Solstice info from http://www.chiff.com/a/summer-solstice.htm )

364 Days to go!!

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