Why and How to Celebrate the Solstice
The winter solstice has been celebrated for thousands of years.
Observing the solstice is a great way to be more aware of the natural world.
Pay attention as the period of daylight grows slowly shorter until the solstice, which marks a reversal of the sun's ebbing presence in the sky. It's a good reminder of the blessings of change, growth, and new beginnings.
10 ideas for celebrating the solstice
1. Watch the sunset.
2. Bring evergreens indoors.
3. Light candles.
4. View lights.
5. Burn a Yule log.
6. Create a Christmas tree for wild birds.
7. Host a solstice meal.
8. Make a gift of food.
9. Go caroling.
10. Prepare wassail.
- 8 cups (1/2 gallon) apple cider
- 2 cups orange juice
- 1 large navel orange
- 16-20 whole cloves
- 4 (3 inch) cinnamon sticks
- 4 (1/4 inch thick) slices fresh ginger, smashed (optional)