Peace and candlelight: Celebrating the winter solstice
The winter solstice is the shortest day and the longest night of the year and an event that’s well worth celebrating. If you’ve never done anything special to mark the date before, why not try one of my ideas to help you bring a little light into that darkness?
What is the winter solstice?
On 21st December, families, friends and communities will be celebrating the winter solstice everywhere. It’s a tradition that comes from ancient civilisations and, like the summer solstice, is still celebrated today. The solstice reminds us of the ever-changing flow of life that we are all a part of. And the great thing about the winter solstice is that we’re finally at that peak of winter – with longer, lighter days to look forward too.
There are so many ways to celebrate the winter solstice, some more meaningful and symbolic, others a little more fun. I’ve shared a few of the best ideas below – of course, how you choose to celebrate the occasion is up to you.
Goodbye to stresses and woes
Don’t wait until the New Year to start afresh, say goodbye to stresses, strains and woes during the winter solstice. Light a fire and gather with friends and/or family for a special ritual. Ask each person to write down anything they’d like to release on a piece of paper, then, in turn, let each person throw their paper into the fire. Celebrate with a toast; sing-song or a cheer as you await new beginnings.
Plan a solstice feast
The winter solstice provides the perfect excuse for a dinner party. Prepare divine foods and your favourite beverages, ensuring a celebration to remember. Don’t forget to make a winter solstice pie or cake by popping a sun image on one of the two. It’s also a lovely idea to eat in candlelight, asking guests to blow out the candles and make a wish at the end of the night.
Make a winter solstice tree
Nature is at the heart of the winter solstice, so it makes sense to incorporate it into your celebrations. While the dressing of an evergreen tree is popular during the winter solstice, another lovely idea is to decorate a tree with hanging food. This not only adds a pretty touch to an outdoor tree, it also ensures animals are well fed when their food supplies run low.
Spend the evening by candlelight
One of the simplest ways to celebrate the winter solstice is to switch off the lights and enjoy a night by candlelight.
My Joe and Anna candles are ideal for lighting up your home and spreading beautiful scents too.
The solstice is also a great time for new beginnings, so why not make your new beginning all about pampering and self-care.