Here Comes the Winter Solstice

Amidst the holiday fervor comes the Winter Solstice, a different sort of celebration, one that encourages time for reflection and pause.

The word “solstice” is Latin for “sun-stand still,” and marks both the shortest day and the longestWinter Solstice Pictures3 night of the year. It welcomes the official beginning of winter. This year, the solstice falls on Friday, the 21st of December. We usually  acknowledge this transition by gathering with friends, lighting candles to bring light on this darkest day and enjoying a special dinner. Our acknowledgment of the evening joins the energy of others around the world also celebrating the solstice with dance, song and special foods.

ChristmasTree2The Winter Solstice is a lovely time that affords us an opportunity to take time to pause and acknowledge the transition to a new season and to appreciate nature’s celestial beauty and wisdom. I love the sight of the glowing holiday lights that brighten and twinkle against the quiet beauty of a blanket of snow. But I also love this encouraging reminder that nature’s Chi, or energy, has begun to ascend, bringing us closer to spring.

I heard a bird sing
In the dark of December.
A magical thing
And sweet to remember,
We are nearer to spring
Than we were in September.
I heard a bird sing
In the dark of December.
Oliver Herford