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post #21 of 33
We are having a Solstice here tonight- we will be lighting candles and reading stories about the return of the sun. My kids will get a few presents each and after we will have a fire and burn all the 'stuff' we do not want to bring with us to the new season- ie - secrets/arguments/judgements

The other night we went to a Solstice Evergreen Spiral-
the night started with a puppet show of the suns return to earth then the kids 26 of them, walked thru the evergreen boughs shaped in a spiral, and lit their candle from the one in the center, then the kids placed their lit candle on one of the stars placed on the floor for this reason. after the candles were all lit- the spiral was amazingly beautiful!!!

gotta go get ready
post #22 of 33

Wow!! Such great ideas!!!

We are having a quiet dinner by candlelight.I will keep my candles lit tonight while we tell stories and write on paper things we want to get rid of for the new year and things we would like to accomplish this year that we haven't before.We are making some cinnamon buns tonight and spreading seeds all over the balcony for the animals to eat.Then we will watch the sun rise in the morning.And I am going to let my son open a gift tonight.
post #23 of 33
DH and I going to the beach we were married at tomorrow and Wednesday. Yippee! Weather permitting we'll have a fire on the beach and read some Solstice poems. We'll try to stay up all night and watch the sun rise but...who knows...
post #24 of 33
This thread is beautiful!
post #25 of 33
Catnip, can you share your solstice songs? I would love to sing songs about nature set to Christmas carols. I love holiday songs, but feel sort of weird singing the religious Christmas ones without meaning the sentiments within, even though I think the actual music is beautiful.
post #26 of 33

Not Catnip, but...

At our UU service on Sunday we sang "God Rest ye Merry Gentlemen" with the following words:

Good rest, ye merry gentle folk, let nothing you dismay
Remember our dear goddess birthed the sun on Solstice Day
To save us all from winter's cold and bring us spring again
O tidings of comfort and joy, comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

Now to new life sing praises, all you within this place
And with true love and friendship, each other now embrace
This holy time of Solstice is filled with winter's grace
O tidings of comfort and joy, comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy



And then for Joy to the World:

Joy to the world! The Sun has come,
Let Earth with praises ring.
Let every heart prepare a room,
And heaven and nature sing,
And heaven and nature sing,
And heaven, and heaven and nature sing.

Joy to the Earth! Now gladness reigns.
Let hearts their songs employ.
While fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat, repeat the sounding joy.
post #27 of 33
oh Anna, thank you! I'll print these out to sing around the piano- DH will love them!
post #28 of 33
Here are the words to a solstice song I wrote in 2002:

A Winter Solstice Song
December 17, 2002

Make in me a River of Love through my soul:
Dear Holy Mother Earth make me more whole.
Then let me remember to open my mind to
Give away Lovingness; Let my thoughts be kind.

Oh make in me a River of Light through my mind:
Banishing ignorance; Poverty bind.
Be Generosity work through my hands.
Let all who falter find their second chance.

Oh make in me a River of Peace through my Voice:
Mother Of All Things let Peace be my choice.
Send me your Vision. Make every word Wise.
Let me see Everything with Compassionate eyes.

Make in me a River of Silence that flows
Help me forgive and release all my woes
Help me to clear all angers, all sadness and strife.
Let me walk grateful steps all the days of my Life.
post #29 of 33
Along the lines of more traditional carols again:

Our tradition is to sing "The Holly and the Ivy" while we cut greens & decorate the house:

The holly and the ivy
now both are full well grown
of all the trees within the wood
the holly bears the crown.

O the rising of the moon
the running of the deer
the playing of the organ
sweet singing all around.

The holly bears a blossom
As white as any flower
And the sun will be reborn again
After its darkest hour.

O the rising of the moon
the running of the deer
the playing of the organ
sweet singing all around.

The holly bears a berry
As red as any blood
And the sun will be reborn again
To give us all its good.

O the rising of the moon
the running of the deer
the playing of the organ
sweet singing all around.

The holly bears a prickle
as sharp as any thorn
and the sun will be reborn again
after Solstice in the morn.

O the rising of the moon
the running of the deer
the playing of the organ
sweet singing all around.

sweet singing all around.

We also sing "Deck the Halls," "Good King Wenceslas" & "Here We Come A-Wassailing" and all through the winter holiday season we sing more secular songls like "Jingle Bells" and "Winter Wonderland".

I'm working on new lyrics for "Still, Still, Still" and "Silent Night".
post #30 of 33

What beautiful traditions!

We do some of this plus tonight we kept the electric lights off and had only candlelight and the fireplace! It was so pretty! On the weekend we went to a Luciafest- where Lucia comes in with her crown of candles and lights the center candle which everyone them lights theirs from, while we make our wishes for the year. My kids were a candle girl, a tomptie and a star boy in the procession. Cute! Happy Solstice, everybody! I am definately going to use the song lyrics!
post #31 of 33
Sorry about the post solstice response, I'm 9 months pregnant, and so the rest of my extended family is coming here to celebrate Christmas this weekend, since I can't travel to them. AGH!
Most of the songs I like best, and many more as well, I found at this website: http://members.tripod.com/~Willow_Fi...rls/index.html

Circle Round and Sing has 3 Yule songs on it, and Reclaiming put out a chant CD called Through the Darkness that has my favorite Solstice chant as the title track. My holiday music playlist on my computer also includes a couple of winter themed songs from Heather Alexander (www.heatherlands.com), including a brilliant parody of her song, "March of the Cambreadth," the celtic rock band Tempest performing "I Saw Three Ships," and instrumental versions of Christmas carols.
post #32 of 33
i FORGOT TO ADD OUR MEMORY CHAINS- they came out so beautiful!!!
The big kids cut out snowflake chains for each of us and we wrote our wonderful memories of the past year- these we will keep for years to come and put into scrapbooks later on
post #33 of 33
Quote:
Originally Posted by girlndocs
I'm working on new lyrics for "Still, Still, Still" and "Silent Night".
Silent night!, longest night!
All is calm, all is right
Round yon sleeping Mother Earth
Waiting for the sun's rebirth
Peace in Nature's sleep
Peace in Nature's sleep.

Silent night! Longest night!
Pagans' Yule fires light, A
Promise of the coming Spring
Growing warmth the new light brings
On Solstice morning he's born
On Solstice morn he's reborn.

Silent night! Longest night!
Darkness slain by the light
Holy King gives up his crown
As Brother Oak King cuts him down
Mysteries of death and rebirth
Mysteries of death and rebirth
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