The Final Gift

We said farewell to Christmas today. In the morning, Liz and I took down the tree, washed the linens, and swept up the needles. I made gift tags out of the Christmas cards, re-reading notes and thinking about old friends. After getting home from school, Helen made a Three Kings Cake while I wrapped the final gift in gold tissue paper bound by stars. Here is Liz opening it. Both girls were very curious.

Inside was a selection of silver and gold origami paper, silver and gold glitter pens, and a bag of fun scrap paper from the local art store.

There were instructions as well.... first we were to make origami boxes shaped like stars...

Then we were to fill the boxes with little stars on which we wrote suggestions for fun things to do. These had to be things that slowed us down, de-stressed us, and made us happy. The girls immediately got to work filling their boxes with ideas such as "take a bubble bath", read a poetry book, take a walk in the woods, make a pot of tea and read a book, make a collage, spend the afternoon altering books, paint for an hour, make tea and "meet" a new composer, etc.

We then had dinner--a warm stew, star biscuits, and the Three Kings Cake decorated with pears cut in the shape of stars. Here's our cake with a candle in the middle and the star boxes around the edge. The girls were really proud of their boxes.

My hope for these little stars is that they will guide us and remind in the coming weeks as we get caught up in school, work, rehearsals, midterms, and all the other bits of life that seem to be sweeping us away that we should stop, feed our inner-selves, and just be. This final gift was really a gift we each gave to ourselves.

Happy Twelfth Night.

sarah in the woods  – (January 5, 2011 at 8:33 PM)  

Our tree has been down for a few days, but I was thinking today that I really wasn't ready for Christmas to be over yet. I've really enjoyed reading people's Christmas traditions on their blogs this year. I think maybe next year, we'll stretch Christmas out a bit.

Tammy  – (January 5, 2011 at 8:33 PM)  

What a neat idea! I really love the star boxes and the reminders to slow down and enjoy life!

sarah  – (January 6, 2011 at 1:46 AM)  

that is so lovely! you have inspired me. (again!)

ellen  – (January 6, 2011 at 11:28 AM)  

What a lovely gift to each other, very special, filled with loving intention.

Heather  – (January 6, 2011 at 12:20 PM)  

Oh that is such a beautiful idea! I love that you have enjoyed every moment of this season.

Simmy  – (January 7, 2011 at 4:14 PM)  

Hi Sarah,

Just picked up your comment on my blog! Lovely to hear from you again.

We are all well. As you saw the blog is still up and I must stop paying for it some time soon. We moved to Sussex about two years ago for Tom’s job and the children are going to a much bigger waldorf school here. Amber is in Class 11, Rohan in Class 8 and Raj in Class 5. All enjoying it still. I’m at home and doing bits of crafting here and there.

Anyway, have to pop out to pick Rohan up and must dash. You mentioned that you’re coming to England in the Summer. Great news – please tell me more? When, where, how etc ………….

Lots of love


Sarah  – (January 7, 2011 at 5:35 PM)  

Simmy...wonder if you will get this....if so, email me

We are coming in August and we need advice! Helen finished Waldorf and is in public school 9th grade. Liz is still in Waldorf 6th grade. Both are very happy. Let's move to email or even a skype chat?

Only in Louisiana ~ documenting the adventures we call life!  – (January 13, 2011 at 8:54 AM)  

Love this idea....your girls are similar to mine and even though they are teenagers....still participate in the "real" things that life has to offer! Great job on your part.

Susan  – (January 14, 2011 at 7:11 PM)  

Sarah, I so *loved* your twelfth night celebration--what a great idea. As we've moved into this new year, I am already feeling the need to slow down and be careful not to rush. Stephanie Dosen at Owl in the Dark has a magical post about watching for Starwhales that emphasizes the importance of not rushing:

Dawn  – (January 25, 2011 at 8:52 PM)  

You are so much better than I. I finally got the guys to drag the tree out of the house on Friday and I still have a few more decorations to get up to the attic - - - for the most part we are back in regular time, but Christmas is still peeking out here and there.

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