"If Candlemas Day is clear and bright,
winter will have another bite.
If Candlemas Day brings cloud and rain,
winter is gone and will not come again." ~from wikipedia.org
Today is sunny and gorgeous, and Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, so...
I'll revel in winter's cold embrace for another few weeks, dreaming of the tiny seeds I'll plant in the sleepy earth, and the cheerful song of the robins finding breakfast on the sunny morning lawn.
Candlemas is the celebration of the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple, forty days after His birth. It is also the mid-point between the winter solstice and the vernal (spring) equinox, or the middle of winter. Many people choose to leave their Christmas decorations up until Candlemas; I have long since taken mine down, but isn't it a lovely way to remember events in the life of our dear Lord? Maybe next year I'll keep some reminders of the Nativity around our home a little longer.