This illustration is inspired by my daughter, who has led the way in our family tradition of celebrating the winter solstice as part of our advent. It is also inspired by witnessing my grandchildren’s sense of wonder and delight in the myths of the season.
Each year, we parade our lanterns through the night, bringing light to our neighbors on the darkest day. We return to a warm hearth, simple treats, and a home filled with sparkling candles. It is a celebration I look forward to almost more than Christmas Day!
Passing tradition forward to my grandchildren–a tiny micaceous pot.
My studio space in New Mexico. Tucked backed in the hills of Taos County, on fifty acres, I was enveloped in sanctuary. Every element was food for the soul. A quiet world of ancient land where the grandmother spirits visited and the coyotes held vigil. At first dawn, a flurry of birds would bring song to the start of day. At first dawn, I would sit in practice, my morning meditation fueled by the beauty of this place. A simple breakfast and then into the studio to form the belly of the mother–which, upon firing, becomes the water jar or cooking vessel.
The gift of time, space, and local generosity to bring fruition to a dream.
My illustration of the Merry Little Elf has brought delight to many over time. I was so happy that Love & Tea Co. chose him to accompany their Christmas tea blend! He travels far and wide, carrying in his knapsack yummy tea to celebrate the winter season. I hope you will invite him into your home, and fill your heart–and your tea cup–with warmth and good cheer.
This delicious tea is blended by hand in a small Vermont homestead, and is made with 100% organic peppermint, sarsaparilla root, cinnamon clove, ginger root, orange peel, nutmeg, cardamom, goji berries, cocoa, vanilla bean powder, and honey granules.
The Merry Little Elf and Love & Tea’s Holiday Cheer blend
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