penny in a castle

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The Moon

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Today I open the fourth door in my advent calendar and found…the moon.

When I was a little girl, my parents often read me the book “The Night before Christmas – A Visit by Saint Nicholas” by Clement C. Moore. In the story, the narrator describes the scene before him, after flinging open the shutter doors: “The moon on the breast of the new fallen snow, gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below.”

As a child, I never understood what this meant.  It was just a part of the story.  Now, as an adult, I realize that Moore, in his lyrical way, was trying to say that the moon shining on the snow was so bright, it was like daytime.

Tonight, the moon is almost full. It is only missing about a small sliver – it’s almost too small to discern.

It rose early this evening and lit our way home from work and daycare.  It almost seemed to be sailing in an endless sea of darkness – but it cast a silvery blue light that changed the landscape of the snow around the neighbourhood.

This week will be the last full moon before Christmas, the darkest, coldest, longest full moon of the year.  It’s a lantern, shining a bright light on our path as the year swings towards its closing.


Written by pennyinacastle

December 5, 2014 at 3:10 am

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