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!