We celebrate the return of the sun. It is not a new beginning, but a rebirth through the cycle of death to life.
It is a time to rest and renew. A time to reflect on the past and ground into the future. A time to honor the light and the darkness within us.
We make ice lanterns, apple ring bird feeders and decorate a yule tree with garlands made from popcorn, cranberries, dried fruit and nuts.
We write of the darknesses we choose to release and the lights we desire to invite in. We set our intentions by burning them in our yule fire.
We dine by red candlelight (or perhaps the fire) on hearty beef stew and rosemary shortbread while sipping pine needle tea.
Simply ways to incorporate plants into your winter solstice celebrations:
-decorate your home with evergreens to symbol everlasting life.
-soak in a bath with pine, rosemary and chamomile with dash of ethically sourced frankincense essential oil
-make a body oil with cinnamon, ginger and chamomile
-make and burn incense cones or wands with sage, pine, cedar and juniper for purification and protection.
-enjoy mulled wine with rose hips, elderberries and hawthorne berries or wassail with oranges, cinnamon, clove and ginger.
A solstice book stack!