Today, February 2, is the Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Temple, also called Candlemas. Candlemas is a day of many things. It is the day candles are blessed in church for the coming year. It is the end of the Christmas season and was the day in Victorian times when Christmas decorations were taken down (and is still the day some recognize as the end of the Christmas season. I’ll be putting away our nativity today). It is the Feast of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple, when Simeon called Christ “a Light,” making it a day filled with representations of light and all that means. In some places, the first snowdrops are peaking up, marking this day as a representation of hope and a reminder of new life to come. I have a special guest post over on the Waldorf blog, Happy Hedgehog Post all about Candlemas (which this first paragraph is taken from), with a fun activity to do plus a giveaway! Check it out here.
Yesterday we did a fun family activity and rolled beeswax candles. We did red, pink, and natural coloured ones which we can use now and for St.Valentine’s Day.
The Little One and I also did a project inspired by a blog post I saw here, a how to make a cardboard candle decorated with an image of the Presentation. All we did was create a tube (the “candle” body) out of a piece of rolled white cardstock, cut flame shapes out of red and orange construction paper (which we inserted into the center of the tube), and then attached lovely pictures of the Presentation to the candle. We “light” our candle by placing a battery powered LED tealight inside and said this verse I adore: God make my life a little light within the world to glow, a little flame that burneth bright wherever I may go (by Matilda Betham-Edwards, 1836-1919). So lovely!
I also came across this simply wonderful blog post about the Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord in the Temple, which I really recommend reading. The writer calls on us to do the real work of Christmas and what that means.
When the song of the angels is stilled,
when the star in the sky is gone,
When the kings are back home,
when the shepherds are once more with their flocks,
when Simeon and Anna have gone to their Master in peace,
Then the work of Christmas begins:
To find the lost, to heal the broken,
To release the prisoners, to rebuild nations,
To bring peace to all people, to make music in the heart. (a Shaker prayer)