As an American it’s my right, nay, my duty, to culturally appropriate any traditions that interest me. And in that spirit I’m celebrating the Winter Solstice. December 21 is the shortest day of the year, and the astronomical start of winter. There are sciencey reasons why but you already probably know them, if not, that’s what Wikipedia is for. So straight to the fun stuff – tonight let’s party likes it 299 BC.
spending 15 minutes on the internet doing intense research, these are my solstice plans.
The Yule Log – burn an oak log decorated with red ribbons and holly. I was going to have a fire anyway. I don’t know what kind of wood it is and I don’t have any holly but it’s the best I can do.
Candlelight – Very 2017 The Little Book of Hygge, but I like candles so I’m in.
Read Folk Tales reclaiming the Santa Claus tale – http://jocelynmercado.com/blog/deer-mother-winter-solstice
Meditate – over the summer I’d gotten into a daily meditation routine. Somewhere around Halloween it all went to hell. Tonight is as good a night as any to start again.
Food and drink – simple and comforting, potato soup and a whiskey skin.
If you are a Pagan and this is a meaningful religious holiday, I mean you no disrespect. I wish you a very merry Winter Solstice!