We went to the Celebration in the Oaks last night, the three of us as a family unit. There’s something about lights in the darkness at this time of year. It struck me that this is some of the same magic that drives the bonfire ritual. (And in case you haven’t heard, the bonfire is on after all. The Gambit Blog has had some excellent coverage of this strange story.) The depth of all this can be gauged, I think, by the fact that it truly appeals to all ages. A ten-month-old child can enjoy those festive lights strung up throughout the gardens just as much as some forty-year-olds, or eighty-year-olds, or just about anyone really. But I think our enjoyment of the experience was unquestionably enhanced by seeing it through Persephone’s eyes.

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