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15 Dec, 2007

Friday night

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Misc. life

I think it was one of the best activities on our advent calendar so far.

After dinner last night we lit a couple of our DIY glass lanterns, bundled up, and walked around the neighborhood delivering Christmas cards to a few of our neighbors.

It was a great feeling. It was ever so cold. Our little lanterns, with their tiny Ikea tealights, gave off just the right amount of heat to warm our chilled fingers. As we quietly slipped the envelopes into creaky mailboxes, Mark was at home setting up the telescope in the backyard.

We arrived back home to a crystal clear view of a waxing moon, as seen through the eye of our telescope. (It’s a good one, it actually tracks the moon as it moves through the sky.) Each of the girls had a good long look, especially Sarah, who took the whole thing rather seriously.

I’m going to be there someday,” she said. As she moved away from the telescope, across our backyard moonscape, she did one of those “there’s no gravity” wide-legged walks across the snow.

“I’m on the moon,” she yelled. “I’m on the mooooooon!” 

One of the tealights in one of the lanterns had blown out. I held the remaining one in my hands and looked down into the flame. I could smell it burning. The melted wax formed a shiny puddle underneath the wick. The heat from the glass warmed my frozen hands. It felt like a dream.

4 Responses to "Friday night"

1 | Julie

December 15th, 2007 at 8:14 pm


We also planned a nightime lantern walk last night, but we couldn’t find our lanterns, it was crazy cold and we chickened out. Good for you for braving the elements…. (maybe it was the wine and the couch blanket that made it too tempting to stay cozy)

3 | Chantal

December 16th, 2007 at 10:45 am


Wow Andrea, that sounded so beautiful and dreamy. I am so copying your advent calendar next year :)

4 | porter

December 16th, 2007 at 12:54 pm


That’s what joy, peace, and happiness feels like. Love those moments.

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