Earth-Friendly, Health-Friendly Ways to Celebrate the Solstice

Cheryl Terrace by Cheryl Terrace | December 22nd, 2008 | 1 Comment
topic: Green Living, Healthy Home

The light starts returning today. Why not mark the Winter Solstice (December 21) as an ongoing celebration over the next few days and weeks?

The word solstice literally means “standing-still sun” and is the shortest day of the year in the northern hemisphere, when the sun is at its lowest point at noon in the southern sky. All human religions and cultures observe this seasonal turning point, which predate the Christian era by thousands of years. By incorporating fire with candles, a fire or Yule log, or electric lights, we honor the return of the warming sun.

Make the choice to incorporate healthy practices into these traditions by using soy candles and using eco-friendly logs like Holy Smokes! Firestarters, Duraflame or Jarden Firelog® Java-Logs® made from coffee grounds. And burn safely; brush up on all-around healthy fireplace tips.

Even though the days are finally lengthening (with the ultimate promise of spring), there are still many more days of darkness and cold ahead. Besides jetting off to a Caribbean island, we can all do simple things to escape the gloom: Walk on the sunny side of the street, don’t wear sunglasses. A lot of people feel better using a Happy Lite.

Many of us shun the sun as much as possible, afraid of the detrimental effects of too much sun exposure, but the health benefits of moderate exposure are tremendous (Vitamin D absorption among them).

I invite you to pause during this hectic holiday season and reflect on the symbolism of the Winter Solstice. It is a beautiful time to tend the sacred light in your home, heart, family and community. Make room for light, hope and possibility!


  1. Thanks for reminding us about the Solstice and the promise of light returning in the spring. The solstice is also about the internal light we carry inside, that lights our ways, always. This internal light is both figural and literal. At this particular time of year we are encouraged to remember the Spiritual Light that we all are, the oneness in which we all live. We may understand that we are light/vibrational beings, yet not always feel this light as we could.
    SAD or seasonal affective disorder is the result of not receiving enough light from the external world to the inner. The pineal gland, where we receive this light, is sensitive to light, so the more light we allow inside the better we feel. Light boxes are often the only suggestion for alternative methods of increasing the light, but more effective than light are supplements to help the pineal.

    Holly | December 23rd, 2008 | Comment Permalink

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