Five Ways to Welcome the Winter Solstice

Happy Winter Solstice, friends!

Winter Solstice marks the shortest day and longest night of the year. On this day, we welcome the sun’s return to the northern hemisphere. “Solstice” comes from two Latin words: sol meaning "sun" and sistere meaning “to stand still”.

What’s exciting about this winter solstice? The full moon is going to peak on the 21st as well! According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, this won’t happen again until 2094.

What are some ways that we can celebrate this event? Check it out below.

Honor the Quiet

On the shortest day and longest night of the year, we have a lot of quiet coming in. Find a way to honor that today.

Take a slow, solo walk outside. Take time to meditate. Take some deep breaths outside. Write a poem. Reflect on the year by writing a list of all your favorite moments. Take a bath.

Take time to find quiet, if only for 2 minutes. Slow it down. Breathe.

Welcome the Light

The winter solstice marks a turning point in nature - the light is returning! How can you welcome in the light today?

Build a bonfire. Build a fire in the fireplace and watch the dancing flames. Use only candles (or twinkle lights!) to light the house tonight. Ask yourself what kind of lightness you’d like to bring into your life. Create winter solstice lanterns. Go outside and look at the full moon. Wake up early to greet the sun on the 22nd.

Set Intentions and Let Go of the Old

Let the returning of the sun burn away the old and set intentions to bring in new joy and light!

Create a burning bowl - write down what you would like to let go of and burn the paper. Create a vision board for this new year. Write a “try something new” list for this winter. Journal about goals for the future. Pick a one word intention for the season or the new year like “Dare” or “Joy”.

Connect with Others

Coming together with community can be a wonderful way to celebrate anything! Get together with loved ones tonight to share the joy if the returning sun.

Have a candlelight winter solstice feast. Make crafts together. Stay up all night to welcome the sun in the morning. Have a bonfire. Take a walk outside. Reflect on the year together and new goals for next year.

Connect with Nature

Winter Solstice is all about honoring the cycles of nature, so find some time to connect today.

Go outside and take a deep breath of fresh air. Go for a walk, cross country ski or snowshoe. Create with natural objects - mandalas, dolls, fairy houses, snow angels. Watch the full moon and stars and look for constellations. Play with a furry loved one.

Whatever you do today, take some time to take some deep breaths today, eat nourishing food, and honor the place that you’re in.

Sending winter solstice blessings your way,

Mackenzie