Welcome to the Family Circle thread! The December topic is Winter Solstice.
We can focus on different ways to celebrate, traditions, activities and rituals suited for family and kids. This is a great family holiday! There looks to be other Winter Solstice threads so I hope this one isn’t overkill.
Here is some Winter Solstice Info ~
The Winter Solstice is the shortest day (and longest night) of the year. It occurs when the Earth’s axis tilts the farthest from the sun. Solstice means “Sun Standing Still”.
2010 date: December 21st but close to midnight (UTC) so could also be considered December 22nd. It is also the first day of Capricorn.
In the Southern Hemisphere December 21 is Summer Solstice. Their Winter Solstice in mid June.
Who celebrates the Winter Solstice? Everyone! In the past people from Europe, Asia, North and South America had some kind of Winter Solstice celebration or observance.
What does it celebrate? The overall theme celebrates the return of the light, rebirth and hope. Often it celebrates a Mother Goddess giving birth to a Sun God.
Many of traditions we associate with Christmas are Winter Solstice traditions from Europe. Namely Germany, Scandinavia and England. The traditions include Santa Claus, reindeer, elves, hanging stockings for gifts, Yule log, decorating an evergreen tree, wreaths, mistletoe, holly, caroling, feasting and gift giving. Some people refer to Winter Solstice as Yule.
- Do you currently celebrate WS? What do you do?
- Do you celebrate alone, with family, a group or community?
- Have any stories, songs, poems, traditions to share?
- If you do not yet celebrate and want to – ask anything! No question too silly or boring or complex.