Dec 8 : star

December 8 : Verse 8

Today’s 8th verse groups together four lines to form the second stanza of Snowflake Kisses.

The start of the Christmas Countdown focussed on a shooting star, and just like snowflakes, the word star repeats itself frequently throughout this poem, so today’s 8th verse will focus on a star that is still up in the sky, as opposed to one that is shooting across it.

Likely perceived as fictional, a star named Calla isn’t entirely untrue. Two decades ago, the local space centre where we lived offered gift packages where stars could be adopted and personalized with individual names of your choosing. Although not recognized as an official astronomical designation, when looking up to the sky, I’m often reminded of the gift my mother and I gave to my daughter – a star by the name of Calla.

National Geographic describes one of the phases of a star’s growth by comparing it to the acceleration that occurs when an ice skater spins faster and faster when pulling in her arms. This incredible velocity builds pressure which increases the internal temperature of the star. When the star’s core temperature reaches about 15 million degrees Celsius, it enters what is described as its longest stage of life where it radiates and shines while in a constant state of nuclear fusion.

Some stars shine brighter than others, and not all shine the same colour. The amount of energy produced in their core, their size and temperature all play a factor in how we see them.

Once again, while in the process of focussing on a word to incite a writing spree, my mind was sent spinning around poetic thoughts and theoretic facts, and now, all I can think of is – ice skating! Without an indoor rink open nearby or a sheet of ice outside, I think it’s time for me to pull out my SPRI slide and skate away for today.

The second stanza follows through with the French translation started at the beginning of Snowflake Kisses. For those who spin or circle around these two languages, please understand that I’m not perfect in either – French, English, or skating:

Tomorrow’s 9th Verse opens a new stanza as we head towards the middle of the Christmas Countdown. Be sure to drop in for another Snowflake Kiss!

Enter a star-filled thought in the Snowflake Kisses Writing Challenge – it isn’t a competition, and sadly there are no prizes to be won – it’s all just for fun!


For more on today’s shining star, visit national geographic.com:


Return to the Christmas Countdown calendar for another verse and more Snowflake Kisses:


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