MERRY WINTER SOLSTICE!
It's hard to believe that we are approaching the Winter Solstice in just a few days. Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's are all great holidays, but the Winter Solstice is an extra special day of the year. The winter solstice, also known as midwinter, is an astronomical phenomenon marking the day with the shortest period of daylight and the longest night of the year.
Even though winter feels like it's just starting, as farmers, we are happy to celebrate the start of longer days. Starting December 22nd, our greens will receive a touch more light day after day. Before we know it, we will be celebrating the longest day of the year on June 21st!
I pulled this well-written excerpt about rituals for a simple celebration from Mother Earth Living.
"Perhaps this year, with some preparation and planning, we can plant the seeds for a more intuitive, simpler, and natural holiday season. Winter solstice, which takes place in late December, can be a profound way to tune into the magic and beauty of the season. For people throughout the ages—from the ancient Egyptians and Celts to the Hopi—midwinter has been a significant time of ritual, reflection, and renewal. Creating a meaningful celebration of winter solstice, either in place of or in addition to other holiday activities, can help us cultivate a deeper connection to nature and family and all the things that matter most to us. Winter can become a time of feeding the spirit and nurturing the soul, not just emptying our bank account and fraying our nerves."
Check out some of the Winter Solstice traditions here.
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