Though the Solstice has passed the nights are long.
I walk through sleep-wrapped villages where turf smoke hangs low.
Climbing the cold hills, all is silence.
Above a million stars.
Below a thousand candles burn in windows to welcome the weary.
Traditionally across Ireland a candle is left burning in the window on 24th December.
For many it symbolised a welcome to Mary and Joseph, to others the reborn sun after Solstice.
To all, the candle is a sign to wanderers that they will receive a warm welcome, food and a place to rest this night.
Thank you for taking time to visit The Ever-Living Ones.
As daylight lengthens may it bring you good health, good food & good company!