Today is Ash Wednesday
a Christian holiday day of prayer, fasting and repentance
Our Ash Wednesday Traditions:
The gathering of garden branches
so that we can hang our 12 handprinted real hens egg decorations
Bought 27 years ago when we made a Lenten trip to Germany
We all were enamored with their tradition of an
Easter egg tree
And so we went to Woolworths and bought a dozen
for 75 DM each
They've hung on branches at Linderhof every Lent since
That's my idea of a travel souvenir!
(And this was before you could buy Easter ornaments or Easter trees or Easter eggs at Hobby Lobby -- they weren't available in the United States!)
After that task is done,
I carefully make the house dark
You can see the candles in the windows,
put up for Christmas and left all winter . .
or at least until Ash Wednesday
when we store them away until Christmastime.
Tonight we shall go to church for service
Where we will get repentance ashes on our forehead
to remind us
that we are dust and to dust you shall return.