The Winter Solstice is nearly here, and while it means that the cold days of winter still lie ahead, it also means we turn towards the light. This is such a lovely festival and hope you are excited for this year’s solstice. Do you have your activities planned?
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Baking spiral cookie or a spiral walk are great ways to celebrate. Even making lanterns and doing sun crafts are appropriate for this darkest day. Maybe you keep the house lit only by candle light once the sun goes down.
It is such a magical time when we walk the spiral. I have come to really enjoy this as a holiday favorite. It feels so real and earthy and so far removed from the jangly Christmas that seems to be going on around.
The week before we cut greenery from around our yard and use leftover Christmas tree branches. We lay out our spiral in our backyard with a tree stump in the middle to hold the large candle. Around 6pm on the 21st, we each get an apple that has a white candle placed in it (I have also used those red cups filled with sand as my dogs will eat the apples!) Then each of us walks in holding our unlit candleholder and thinks of something we want to release (mostly for the adults of older children). Then we light our candle from the large one, and place our newly lit candle somewhere on the spiral on the way out – to light the way for the others.
Deep mid-winter drawing near
Darkness in our garden here
One small flame yet bravely burns
To show a path which ever turns
Earth, please bear with us as we go
Seeking light to send aglow
Branches green and moss and fern
Mark our path to trace each turn
We walk with candle toward the light
While Earth awaits with hope so bright
In the light which finds new birth
Love may spread over the Earth
Deep mid-winter drawing near
May light arise in our garden here
Here’s a link to The Yule Faeries story
I tell this before we enter the spiral.
After the spiral we come into the house and eat dinner by candlelight only (no electric light- prep food before or it will be dark!)) Everyone loves it. I read a story to the kids by candle light and then enjoy a peaceful evening gazing at the tree and all the cndles lit around my rooms. Amazing!
Here’s a flashback of a time we got up for the Winter Solstice sunrise:
We woke at 6 and dressed warmly.
By 6:30 we were at the beach complete with blankets and mittens.
It was a pretty chilly morning. We huddled together on top of and under blankets as we watched the sky wake from grey into the most indescribable hues of gold, blue and orange.
Finally, the center of our view became pink and the new sun rose and shined its light upon us.This blessing came to me while I watched.
Blessed be the Earth
Blessed be the Sun
Blessed be the World
For We Are All One
Enjoy the Winter Solstice!
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