We celebrated yesterday with our Solstice traditions. I LOVE these simple traditions - they bring me a sense of rhythm...remind me of the seasonal cycle that we are blessed with. This year I've really settled into this darker season and have found much to enjoy about it. I've enjoyed the S L O W ness that it has ushered in, actually, I've welcomed it quite readily - probably for the first time I can recall...I think I really needed it this year.
(daily walks in the woods (and seeing the antics of our silly dog) have helped immensely with my enjoyment of this season)
As a gardener I can see the importance of the winter season for plants- a time of going inward with little outward appearance of growth, a sort of gathering in of reserves to build energy for the springtime to come - and I consider this a valuable season for myself in the same way. After all, who couldn't use a little bit of extra rest and quiet time and the darkness lends itself so well to that. So, since I've been enjoying the darker days instead of counting them down, it almost came as a surprise that it was already Solstice but we managed to organize ourselves to celebrate just the same.
Our traditions are very simple (and flexible) - we have homemade pizza for dinner (round to symbolize the sun) and SUNdaes (because they're delicious and having SUN in their names means it makes perfect sense). We also have a fire (outside in the past but inside this time) into which we take turns throwing slips of paper where we've written things we want to "get rid of" - habits, behaviours, items or whatever is no longer serving us in our lives. Then we gleefully watch them burn and say an intention to replace the burned thing. Very fun!
Last night E also wanted to do our gratitude candles and so we did...even though this is usually our Thanksgiving tradition. For this we sit at our table and, as we go around the table, we take turns saying something we are thankful for and then light a tealight candle off our centre candle. I love this tradition too and we all always feel very grateful for the abundance in our lives after doing this.
I hope you had a wonderful Solstice too.