The empty chalice sat there at the dinner table. The chalice wasn't a regular chalice though. The cup was a symbol, when the cup was full a child was too be birthed. When empty the child would die. Each year the child would drink. The chalice represented the years of life left. Dark, as some would say. When somebody drank away the last of the chalice, the chalice would refill, symbolizing the next life of the child.