Celebrate Winter Solstice every December 21st. This post is a day late, with the celebration being on Dec 21st but let’s celebrate all week long – Christmas Week!
It’s about celebrating the first day of winter in the Northern Hemisphere! The shortest day of the year. This is a great excuse to have a small holiday party or family gathering right before Christmas – maybe with some other people you don’t normally get to celebrate with! Take this day as an opportunity to have your annual holiday party.
Facts & Folklore:
Shortest day of the year
Fewest hours of sunlight in the entire year – now the days will begin to grow longer
On the day of, stand outside at noon and look at your shadow – this should be your longest shadow
The word solstice is Latin sol meaning “sun” and sistere meaning “to stand still”
- Create a yuletide display with candles representing the sun, pinecones, evergreen or greenery, wreaths, a yule log
- This can be a beautiful centerpiece on a mantle or table to enjoy
- Light candles
- Make your own wreath, here is a DIY
- Follow in Nordic tradition and burn a yule log and sit by the fireplace; If you’re like me and don’t have an indoor fireplace, click on Netflix’s Fireplace for Your Home video
- Decorate a Christmas tree whether it be inside or outside, this could be a fun activity for a small party or with family
- Holiday gifts can be nature based such as a wreath, candles, seeds, fresh herbs, flowers, coffee, tea
- Meditate and reflect on the past year, taking time for yourself, to relax
How do you celebrate the winter solstice? I’d love to know more ideas and adopt new traditions!