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Our winter nature table is a little barren compared to our autumn one, but I guess that, too, is a reflection of the season.  Mia, my four-year-old, helped me spread the wool snow through the branches of our little tree before excitedly calling her Dada down to see it.  That night, before going to bed, she told him spreading the snow in the branches had been her favorite part of the day, a gentle reminder how valuable the little things can be.

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Below the tree, there is a beautiful crystal candle Michelle gave us years ago, along with a little branch of holly.  Although it’s out of season, I kept the salvia I dried last summer in a small vase; the muted gray-green and purple seemed to fit winter better than the other seasons.

On the next shelf, Mother Nature should be wearing a dark brown cloak for winter, but the cloak and the other root child must be hiding somewhere in the playroom.  I made the Mother Nature doll from a pattern out of this wonderful book, and the root children were adapted from a pattern in that book as well.

From the fall nature table, I kept the little felted hedgehog we picked up at a Waldorf school fair and the little sphagnum moss tree Mia made at the botanical gardens.

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Little felted gnomes, also from the Waldorf school, inhabit the next shelf, along with a sheep I made and the Winter book in our beloved, beautifully-illustrated seasons series by Eva-Maria Ott-Heidmann.

The bottom shelf has an assortment of winter books.  Mia loves books, and we have quite the collection, but she was overjoyed to find the winter ones on display.  She spent the afternoon bringing me one after another to read to her.  Unlike Mia, for whom a book would stop a full-blown crying fit when she was as little as two months old, Lucas hasn’t shown nearly as much interest in books.  So it was to my delight that he brought me The Mitten and had me read it twice in a row. At 18 months, he’s still not really saying anything, but he sneezed along with the bear and then cackled, pleased with himself.

I’ll post a little bit about our winter books in the next day or so. Some of them are beautiful classics from my childhood, others are just sweet stories to share on a cold afternoon like today! We’re planning a trip to the library this week, so if anyone has any wintry recommendations, we’d love to hear them!

If you haven’t been over to Big Sister Handmade today, Michelle has some great new posts up! I had better get to work on that countdown calendar!  Thanks for visiting!