Friday, December 20, 2013

Winter Solstice 2013

To Alaskans, solstice is a big day. Our lives revolve around the environment,including the changes in weather and daylight. We notice how much sunlight we gain or lose each day. We celebrate the longest day of the year. My daughter had her wedding on that day this summer. On the shortest day of the year, we look forward to the return of sunlight.

People have been observing winter solstice since Neolithic times. This blog has hosted previous posts about the history, so I'll be brief this time.

The Saami, the Romans, and the Celts had mid-winter festivals that led to many of our winter solstice and Christmas traditions. There are also traditional celebrations on or near winter solstice in Pakistan, East Asia, and Mali, just to name a few. Many of us recognize it as a time of rebirth and renewal, or welcome good luck into our houses at this time.

The short days give Alaskans an excuse to stay inside and cuddle up in front of the fire. Some of us do extra reading or other indoor activities. Winter solstice is a good time to reflect, think about the past year and make plans about the future. While I'm not thrilled with cold weather, I do like the opportunity to wrap up the year and acknowledge my loved ones.

My husband and I are hosting a winter solstice party on December 21st. We'll celebrate with family, friends, good food and drink. To all of you, good wishes, wassail, and hoping you have a great winter solstice, how ever you celebrate this time of year!
--- Lynn Lovegreen

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DeNise said...

Well said! I can't wait!! for Saturday.

Lynn Lovegreen said...

I'm with you, DeNise! :-)

Tiffinie Helmer said...

Lynn, this was great! I love how growing up in Alaska is indeed celebrating the solstices and environment.

Lynn Lovegreen said...

Thanks, Tiffinie. I know Alaska is close to your heart too. :-)

JackieIvie said...

I'm all for the staying inside and cuddling part. And I can't wait to start getting more daylight!

Love me some films, staff said...

I guess the only people that don't celebrate solstices live at the equator. I am so looking forward to tomorrow.

Lynn Lovegreen said...

Thanks Jackie and Love me some films. Happy solstice!