Burning the green

St. Peter’s-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church of Swansboro hosted a “burning of the greens ceremony” on the evening of Jan. 8. It involved burning the pine ropes used to decorate the church for Christmas in a simple ceremony, which marks the completion of the Twelve Days of Christmas and Epiphany Day. “The greenery used to decorate for the Christmas season has served its purpose, and the fire from burning it celebrates the light and warmth of Christ coming into the world on one of the darkest – and often one of the coldest – nights of the year,” according to information from the church. (Pete Rulon photo)

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