Flower Magazine

NOV-DEC 2018

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42 | N O V E M B E R / D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 8 FRESH STYLE I entertain and Crofton had baskets of oak and holly boughs by the fire for guests to do the same. Traditions, like trees, grow sturdier with time. Now the solstice party—almost two decades running—has become a way to mark the passing of time itself. Each year we miss those who are no longer with us, we hoist up new babies, show off engagement rings, hear about new adventures, retell old stories. Not that the gather- ing itself hasn't evolved. A few years ago, when Camille and Crofton moved into my grandparents' home (a stately brick house on a nice piece of property but not as rural and wooded as their first), everyone worried the party wouldn't continue. But Crofton and his sons were on ladders hanging lights that December and building a bonfire at the bottom of the hill. And this year, before too long, Camille will get ready to bake 250 star cookies, hang greenery, get out the homemade ornaments, and prepare the baskets of oak and holly, so that we can all huddle around the bonfire to celebrate friends, family, and Christmastime and the wonder of light shining in the darkness. ABOVE: Guests begin to gather around the bonfire, with a shooting star in the trees behind. RIGHT: Friends are invited to throw branches of oak and holly into the fire to honor the past year and welcome the next.

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