Celebrating Light

beautiful clouds at sunset

Every year as the Holidays and Winter Solstice roll around, I think about the origins of all of our cultural celebrations at this time of year, and that each in our own way, we are celebrating light. As the season turns, it’s as if the light of our souls and the sun are converging to make the world brighter.

beautiful clouds at sunset

Light feeds our creative soul with awe & inspiration

Here in Montana near the 45th parallel, our shortest day on the Solstice is 8 hrs, 40 minutes (and yes, we do count the minutes as each day grows longer after December 21st!). It’s interesting that the word solstice is derived from the Latin sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still), because at the solstices, the seasonal movement of the Sun’s path (as seen from Earth) comes to a stop before reversing direction.

I love that feeling of ‘starting fresh’ that we get at this time of year…

It’s not just the knowing that from here the short, dark winter days are going to expand ultimately into the rebirth of spring and the ripening of summer… It’s the connections we make with family & friends during this time that has a deep meaning for each of us, no matter our beliefs. It’s that reuniting of community that we carry forward, newly sustained, into the new year.

Surreal clouds at sunset

The ever-changing nature of light: same sunset a few moments later…

Here’s wishing you the warmth of close family & friends as you celebrate the season, and the inspiration to become your dreams in every moment of the year ahead!

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CarlaHey there! I'm Carla Pyle. I love the stories that our furniture tells. For me a picture of my Granddaddy Milton's green upholstered arm chair brings to mind the vivid rhymes & colors of 'The Cat in the Hat' and his soft low voice in the telling. I love too that there is always an element of nature in furniture - the warm-toned curving grain of a walnut leg or the reflection of life in a mid-century chrome piece. The best part of teaching & sharing natural upholstery is that it ties all of these things together. Stories - of individual experience and of the planet - help us build happy & healthy homes.View all posts by Carla →

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