This month's full moon altar honours Sankta Lucia, Scandinavian Goddess of the Winter Solstice. Wearing her Crown of Light and bringing gifts of coffee and saffron buns, Sankta Lucia welcomes the returning sun after the longest night of the year.
My Sankta Lucia statue was a gift from my sister a couple of Christmases ago. Here I've placed her on a silver beaded altar cloth, surrounded by mini-lights and holly leaves with bright red berries. Around the altar's perimeter is a selection of large old and new Christmas tree ornaments.
The two old ornaments on the left belonged to my maternal grandmother. Every Christmas at the family hotel, a huge 12-foot high, real Christmas tree was put up in the restaurant dining room, covered in large glass ornaments specially brought from Switzerland in the 1950s. These are the two which my Mom and I were given after her passing. My sister also has one. They are cherished family heirlooms!
The two new ornaments on the right were both purchased by me over the years. The sacred spiral of life one I got in Winnipeg about 30 years ago. The one of snowy winter branches with red berries I bought here in Edmonton about 5 years ago. I love them both!