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The Best Ways to Celebrate Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice is an interesting day – you may notice that the sun rises late and sets early and that the day is very short while the night is very long. In fact, this is the longest night of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and the longest day in the Southern Hemisphere. Many traditions exist to celebrate this special time of the year. Some ancient peoples considered it to be the new year. Many customs are almost extinct, which is just another reason why they are so much fun. You can also start your own tradition.

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Have a candlelight ceremony

One way to honor the new solar year is with light. A Solstice Eve ritual is you meditating in darkness and welcoming the sun by lighting candles. There are many possible ceremonies. Birthday candles can be put on a dessert or family members can light a candle and make a wish, and the family as a whole blows the candles out to send the wishes on their way.  

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Decorate your home

If you haven’t already, use this special time to decorate your home for Christmas. You can even turn an evergreen tree into a Yule tree. Hang pine and mistletoe branches all over your house and light the fireplace, if you have one. A warm and colorful environment is very cozy, especially during the longest night of the year.

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Make solstice-themed decorations

Whatever decorations you handcraft – after all, this is the most fun way to prepare for Christmas – make them in the shape of the sun, moon or stars.  These are more traditional solstice-related themes. Another good idea is to place candles or Christmas lights to shiny objects. The resulting reflection will make your home look like a magical wonderland.

Go wassailing

This is basically caroling. You can find popular carols here. The term has evolved for more than a millennium from its origins as a simple greeting to its use as a toast in ritualized drinking, to its absorption into holiday customs rooted in notions of social propriety. Originally, the wassail was a drink made of mulled ale, curdled cream, roasted apples, eggs, cloves, ginger, nutmeg and sugar.

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“Release” ceremony

You can do this by yourself or with friends and family. Write down a wish on a piece of paper and then throw it in a fire (fireplace, candlelight, bonfire on the beach). This symbolizes you “releasing” your wish so it’s free to become true.

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Stay up

This kind of resembles the tradition on July Morning. You can stay up all night or wake up before the sun rises to witness the beautiful sight of the beginning of the new day. You can watch the sun when it sets, too. Ancient people worshipped the sun. Evidence of that includes the Newgrange monument in Ireland and the Goseck circle in Germany.

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Shut off all electronics

Unplug everything and ditch your cell phone for a day. You may be surprised to see how refreshing the whole experience will be. Turn off everything that may interfere with you staying in rhythm with nature and its own day (light) and night (dark) phases. Eating dinner by candlelight is very romantic.

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Lighten solstice lanterns

Another good idea is to get a jar and stick on bits of gold and yellow tissue paper. Use wire to make a handle. The more light, the better. Use it to fight the winter blues. Light therapy is by far the best way to deal with seasonal affective disorder, according to experts.

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Donate food and clothes

Make the world a better place. Donate food and clothes to charities or volunteer time at a social service agency. This is another common way to celebrate the Winter Solstice, according to Circle Sanctuary. “Donate funds and items to non-profit groups, such as Pagan/Wiccan churches and environmental organizations.”

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Bells ringing

You should this one together as a family. People gather and ring bells together to celebrate their connection with each other, according to Circle Sanctuary. “Then they ring them in unison again to celebrate their connection with the cycles of Nature; and then they ring them a third time in unison to celebrate their connection with life on planet Earth and all of Nature.”

The Best Ways to Celebrate Winter Solstice