What is the Winter Solstice?
On December 21 we celebrate the winter solstice, commonly known as the first day of winter. In the Northern Hemisphere in places like North America, Europe, Asia, and parts of Africa, the December Solstice is the winter solstice and the shortest day of the year. (In the Southern Hemisphere in places like South America, South Africa, and Australia, it is summer solstice and the longest day of the year, because equinoxes and solstices are opposite on opposite sides of the planet.) Many cultures (for many eons!) honor the sacredness of these times, celebrating each in their own unique way.
In the Northern Hemisphere, the solstice marks the increase of light in our lives (each day is now staying light longer), which is a very inspiring thing! So to celebrate, we have a few ways for you to honor and appreciate the coming of winter. And it’s perfect timing with the upcoming holidays and end of the year…take some time for YOU, reflect on this past year, and give intention to having an amazing new year!
How to Celebrate the Coming of Winter:
- Bring outside in!
Ideally you could spend time outdoors today to honor the beauty, mystery, and magic of Mother Earth, but if it’s too cold where you live, you can bring some outside into your home! Make a winter wreath with pine or ivy branches, collect pine combs for ornaments or displaying in a bowl, and light candles for more natural light tonight!
Now is a great time to cleanse yourself of anything you don’t want to take with you into the new year. That could be negative thinking, limited beliefs, or a grudge you’re still holding. Or maybe it’s disrespectful friends, clutter or a messy room, bad habits, or basically anything that makes you feel “yucky”! Let go of negativity, and pull in positivity for the new year. Utilize this time off of school to find your center before classes start up again in January.
This time of year is always busy for everyone. Take time to slow down a little bit and think about Y-O-U! Try meditating or even yoga to relax and get wonderful thoughts flowing. Take a bath with sea salts to detox, think, and relax!
- Express Yourself!
Times like solstices open up doors for creative energy to flow, so take this time to express yourself. Whether that’s writing in your journal, taking photos, painting, or getting crafty, take some time and let your creativity shine. The seasons are always changing, and so are you! You’re becoming older, and of course, wiser. How does that make you feel? Express your feelings with creativity!
As the year comes to a close, the timing of the winter solstice is perfect to look back on this past year. Look deeply at the small things. What do you want to leave behind? What do you want for yourself in the new year?
Enjoy the winter months, and remember to always be your happiest and best self! Happy Holidays from our family to yours!