December 21 is the Winter Solstice . This means we experience the shortest period of daylight and therefore the longest night. This year I have decided to start a tradition gathering and to share some traditional yuletide celebrations.
What are we celebrating....
It is a mid winter celebration honoring nature and its changes. Allowing ourselves to rest as the trees and woodland creatures do during the dark months and welcoming the light back in as the days get longer. The winter solstice marks the longest night of the year. Each day following welcomes the return of light. This meaningful shift of seasons helps us focus on rebirth and renewal.
As the celebration of sun and light we utilize the following ;
Burning a yule log/ bonfires, candles, twinkle lights, star decorations , sliced dried oranges to represent the sun
Plants of yule
Evergreens represent the continuation of life as they remain full and
vibrant throughout the year.
Holly represents the old solar year and we will burn a leaf of holly to symbolize leaving behind any troubles . Holy also symbolizes protection
MistleToe stands for peacemaking and the end of discord
Birch represents rebirth as it is usually the first tree to grow back after a forest has burned.
Pine is healing, cleansing and purifying. It represents longevity and wisdom
It is a time to incorporate nature into our home, practice gratitude for abundance and celebrate the return of light. Decorating with greenery and candles are a reminder for us to stay connected with this intention
-Start each morning with 10 minutes in the light of the sun . Indoors is fine , this helps set our circadian rhythm for the day
-Walk in nature . The benefits are countless. Gather things along your way and bring them into your home. Rocks, twigs, berries
-Dry and hang orange slices to symbolize the sun
A Solstice Blessing
May the Longest night and the shortest day
bring rest to your mind and soul, I pray
May you find guidance, and may you find peace,
as the cycle of light will slowly increase.
Embrace the magic that the darkness bears.
Breathe deep in the chill and shift of the air
May you always be blessed with the light from within
and may well-being be yours, as the new cycle begins