The now familiar full-sized labyrinths popping up in churchyards, hospitals, public parks, and retreat centers are examples of one of the oldest spiritual tools known to humankind, dating back at least four thousand years.
Finger labyrinths like the ones cancer patients make in workshops are relatively modern, but are also quite old and remarkably powerful.
One simple reason is that many patients are confined to beds or wheelchairs.
But finger labyrinths have advantages beyond convenience and accessibility.
Some of you might wonder, what does a French Christmas looks like? They exude a fantastic atmosphere and offer great shopping opportunities.
It is very hard to describe to an Australian the atmosphere of a white Christmas. Like in Australia, the “sapin de Noël” is the main decoration in homes, streets, shops and offices.
And I am no snob: string cheese is a favorite snack and it hasn’t escaped my notice that some very fancy Atlanta chefs are topping their custom, covetable burgers with homemade ketchup and artisanal buns, but plain ole American cheese.
It is hung above the door during the Christmas season to bring good fortune throughout the coming year, small French children put their shoes in front of the fireplace (or at the bottom of the Christmas tree), in the hopes that Père Noël (literally translate “Father Christmas”) – Santa Claus – will fill them with gifts.However, the vigour and flavour of this Italian variety are terrific - large carrots grow quickly, with big, orange pointy roots.The flesh is sweet without bitterness, while still retaining a good 'carrotty' flavour, and the core is much reduced. Good both for early crops as it grows quickly, but also for maincrop sowings and storage over winter. Young specimen in photo doesn't do it credit - they get MUCH bigger! Like in many countries in Northern Europe (Belgium, Holland, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Finland), most towns and cities in France host a “Marché de Noel” (French Christmas Market) at some point between late November and the end of December.The history of the “sapin de Noël” in France is tracked back to the 14th century.
If the household is made of older children, there is no need to wait until December 25th to unwrap the gifts!