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For the past couple of years, I’ve been making a Yuletide tree from branches and lights.  This year, on my way to gathering some hawthorn branches, I found some fantastic shoots in a hedgerow.  I used these to make a little forest of winter trees.

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The Muscogee word for winter is rvfo, pronounced ‘thleufo’.  It translates to ‘the season when things get skinny’.  Winter is the time of year when the earth’s energy withdraws.  Accordingly, I place my lights at the base of the branches to reflect this.

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I made the base from two thick pieces of Styrofoam I’d saved from a delivery.  I arranged some fairy lights around the base of the trees.

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To diffuse the lights I topped them with a double layer of sheer white cotton organza and a sheet of micro foam.

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I hot glued each tree into the Styrofoam base.

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Then, I pinned down the edges of the fabric to cover the lights and added a few garnet beads.

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This is what it looks like at night; when darkness falls, the light shines out the brightest.

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I also made a Yule tree from hawthorn branches.

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May we all count the fullness of our blessings
and celebrate the richness in our lives during this deep winter festive season.
Love to you all!

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