Today is the Winter Solstice and I thought it would be fun to look at some associated traditions and ways to celebrate. As a lover of the light I am always happy to be reminded that from here on out, the days gradually lengthen. Our coldest weeks may be ahead yet, but I relish the notion of ever-increasing light. Let’s look at some ways to celebrate this special day!
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Traditions & Celebrations for Winter Solstice
I didn’t grow up with any of these traditions. In fact, the solstice really wasn’t even on my radar. I grew up in sunny Southern California and weather, in general, wasn’t something I thought of very much. And while we did get some chilly weather in the winter, the sun shines almost every day in the High Desert.
I’ve become much more attuned to the passing of seasons since moving to Oklahoma. And as I get older I have become more and more interested in customs, celebrations and traditions from a variety of cultures and beliefs. I just find it all fascinating.
I decided to do a bit of research on the Winter Solstice and thought I’d share a few links with you:
I like the idea of creating a circle of candles and lighting them one-by-one. Creating a meditation space is also a great idea. I have dabbled in meditation for several years and one of my goals for 2021 is to make it a consistent part of my morning routine.
“Silence is another beautiful way to celebrate the shortest day of midwinter. Reflect the stillness of the day by cultivating stillness in yourself. Consider honoring the threshold of solstice with an hour of intentional silence for you and your household.”
This article includes intriguing traditions from several places. I was particularly interested to read that some California mission churches were built to align with the sun’s path. I’ve toured a few of the missions and always found them fascinating.
This interesting article begins with a good overview of the science of solstice. If you have kids, this might be a good source of information for them.
And to take things to another level, this year the so-called “Christmas Star” makes it’s appearance in conjunction with the winter solstice. We plan to take our telescope outdoors tonight and hope for a good viewing.
Do you observe any special traditions or celebrations relating to Winter Solstice? I’d love to hear about them in the comments.
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