Yes, you're right. I was going to talk seeds today, but after I went to church yesterday, I decided to talk about Epiphany, whereby the Christmas season is ended.
Epiphany actually means "manifestation" and usually, of divine power. A translation I found on the web said:
"These days, the term "epiphany" has come to mean "realisation" or sudden insight or revelation, that is often a catalyst to change in a person's life or actions."
This latter definition is what the subject of the sermon was last night, and I think this is a good time to reflect on things and sort out the coming year. My word for this year is "Acceptance". There are lots of things I need to learn to accept.... that I no longer have a little sister to confide in... that life carries on and our pets come in and out of our lives, some, sadly shorter times than others.... that I no longer work and my life is being spun anew like a spider with it's web... and I have the power to make it good or bad, within me.
Here are the Magi, adoring the Little King in his manger. In truth, the Magi did not reach the Christ Child, it is thought, until he was 2 or 3 years old, and long out of the humble stable. He is depicted thus, however.
I love the quizzical expression on the camel's face, if you enlargen.
By next weekend, the Nativity scene will be stored away again, not to come out until Advent next year.
I'm going to try to keep Christmas in my heart all year, though... and accept things as they come along in the new year, both new developments and new experiences.
Keith and I are going to sit down this afternoon and talk about our goals here for this year. We know we want a small greenhouse, a more substantial edifice than the hoophouse was last year. We want to talk about other things, too... refurbishing the big henhouse, and refineing the henspa.
It's fun to plan for the new year, isn't it?