Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Taking down the Christmas Tree


Yesterday was the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord in the Temple. 
Candlemas.
The 40 days of Christmas is now complete.
And so, the Christmas tree was put away today, after
one more deeply admiring glance of all the wonder, beauty and
memories that these ornaments have for me...


This has to be one of my favourite.
And oldest. 
From a teacher in my pre-school years.


The most beautiful.


Simple, sweet and the pinnacle of the Christmas story...
a new one for me this year from a dear friend...


Handmade beauty, new this year also from another dear friend. 


This beauty is new this year, from my quilting friend!


Not new this year but very beloved, from a dear friend in Ottawa...


From BC sent to me years ago when I lived in Ottawa...


All tucked away for another year, DV.


Our priest comforted us in saying that the Pascha cycle of looking forward to Pascha,
the 40 days of Lent, etc. was coming...
The Easter Eggs in the above picture will be put out in early May,
Pascha for us is late this year, May 1!



Our tree is now put away, snug in our closet....


I am looking forward to next Advent and getting all these beautiful ornaments out again!
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What are you looking forward to?

5 comments:

Elizabeth @ The Garden Window said...

I always find putting away our tree a bittersweet moment, but just think of the joy of joys, Pascha <3

Lisa said...

I'm looking forward to spring. Your blue star in the last photo is beautiful, and I love the leaf ornament! It's nice to have these one-of-a-kind ornaments for the tree. Your Pascha is way later than ours this year - is it always the same amount of time in between? I never paid attention before.

elizabeth said...

Elizabeth - YES!

Lisa ~ Thanks. Yes, I really like that one a lot too. The leaf one was given to me in the middle of a lot of struggle and I am glad to have that one.

No, there is not always so much time in between Western Easter and Pascha. They are just calculated differently. Next year they will be the same day from what this website shows: http://www.orthodoxchristian.info/pages/Pascha_dates.htm

Becki said...

Your ornaments are wonderful. And reading the source of them and their connection to others make them even more so.

Apseed I said...

I can't believe it's already time to prepare for the Great Lent. Time flies...
And I love all your ornaments!