As we move into December, we approach the Winter Solstice, which marks the shortest day and the longest night of the year and invites us into a period of deep reflection and a celebration of light.
The Winter Solstice is a reminder of the ebb and flow of seasons, it is a natural pause. Winter is when the earth rests, and everything becomes still, but there is a silent anticipation for the sun's gradual return.
Simple Ways to Observe the Solstice
Here are some ways to honor this day:
Light a Candle: As dusk falls, light a candle as a symbol of welcoming back the light.
Nature Walk: If possible, take a walk outdoors. Feel the crispness in the air, observe the bare trees, and connect with the serene beauty of nature in winter.
Solstice Reflections: Set aside some time to think about the year past. What were its significant moments? What lessons did it bring?
The Solstice is also a time for gathering with those we hold dear, sharing stories, and enjoying warm, comforting meals together. It’s about community, sharing in the warmth, and looking ahead with optimism.
The Winter Solstice reminds us that even in the darkest times, there is always a return to light. It’s an opportunity to pause, to breathe, and to prepare for the fresh starts that each new year brings.
As we experience the longest night, let’s embrace the promise that each following day will bring a little more light. It's a time for hope, quiet joy, and looking forward to the future.