It was a joyous day at Silver Rest.
The Tree of Life was sparkling, illuminating the hall in a soft, multi-colored glow. Beneath the evergreen branches, there was a rather impressive pile of gifts. Some were wrapped with festive paper and ribbon, others were nestled gently inside gift bags, and there were some special gifts tucked into Life Day stockings!
Members of the Order would soon gather around the tree to celebrate Life Day.
It was a time to reflect and enjoy the company of others. As a gesture of gratitude, the Order had prepared a small token for each member that came to visit the great Tree of Life. Wrapped up in simple parchment and red ribbon, each person would receive a new knit hat to keep them warm.
Nearby, there was a fire burning in the hearth and a long table that was nearly overflowing with winter treats. There was coffee, tea, cocoa, and warm cider – beverages that were sure to help everyone warm up and fend off the morning chill. And, there were cookies. Lots of cookies! Many had contributed to the delicious display – ginger cookies, frosted sugar cookies, and chocolate cookies sprinkled with powdered sugar snow.
And if that wasn't enough to draw a crowd, there was always the Secret Stocking Swap!
Participants had been matched up weeks earlier in anticipation of the event. Each person had been instructed to bring their wrapped gift to the tree (or something that represents the gift, if it is especially large), and place it there with a tag that neatly displayed its recipient. It would be a fun morning to see what sort of gifts would be unwrapped!
[Tag: Any SJO member is free to join this thread to enjoy some Life Day fun! Come eat some cookies, drink some hot chocolate, and exchange any gifts that you might have for family and friends!]
Secret Stocking Swap: