December 21st marks the longest night of the year and is a metaphor for conquering the Winter (death) and being reborn into Spring. For my ancestors it was an honor to make it to another Winter Solstice celebration so I remember to give thanks as well.
During Solstice is important to release the old and welcome the new. I have a box that I frequently deposit letters into throughout the year. Around Solstice every year I take them out, read through them and let them go so I can start again fresh the following year.
What we sow at this time will be brought back to us in spring so grow with purpose. Prosperity, abundance and the power to manifest are all strong now, so if you need something, don't be afraid to ask for it!
Here are some rad ways to celebrate Winter Solstice:
1. Sing Pagan Solstice Carols ( google this for tons of fun ones)
2. Decorate your Yule tree - to honor the gift of nature and all it provides us!
3. Light red or green candles (cinnamon, pine or bayberry preferably)
4. Hang a wreath with holly to honor The Mother
5. Hang mistletoe indoors to honor The Father
What I like about the Winter Solstice is you can celebrate it anyway you want. You can do as much or as little as you please. You can make up your own traditions or follow traditions of those who came before you.
Have a Happy Holiday Season no matter what or how you celebrate!