Crazy Lace Agate by Maryann Sanfilipp! As we approach the Winter Solstice and the holidays, I am reminded of the meaning throughout centuries. Traditionally the Winter Solstice marks the shortest day and longest night of the year and a time when humans prepare for the long dark days of winter. This is a significant time in many cultures that is marked by festivals and rituals as it is in ours with Hannukah and Christmas to mention only two. As in ancient times, people gather, share meals, and celebrate the season. Crazy Lace Agate is especially useful at this time of year. Crazy Lace Agate is known as “Happy Lace” or the Laughter Stone. It is a rare agate found only in northern Mexico and has been found in artifacts of Neolithic peoples using it as healing amulets or ornamentation. It emanates strong feelings of joy and happiness. It is a stone of encouragement as it elevates our thoughts and promotes optimism. With its twisting and turning bands it promotes flexibility and mental agility. It helps overcome depression and increases self-esteem. It absorbs emotional pain and encourages one to look at the bright side of life. This stone reminds us that laughter is truly the best medicine. It stimulates the digestive system, is beneficial for the eyes, the skin, improves metabolism and prevents varicose veins. It is said that placing a cold agate on the forehead can reduce a fever. It may also reduce symptom of epilepsy and can guard against sleepwalking. Wishing you the good tidings of the season and a very happy and healthy New Year.