^^ WOOD! We are running low. Thanks to kids and neighbours for collecting.
Our family has done a small winter solstice family tradition the past few years. Usually it involves watching the sun set and having a fire and warm yummy food. This year I've added the tradition of making some blessings, wishes, thoughts that we will pop in the fire. Basically write down something you would like to release to the world. Some people like to give thanks for all the blessings and challenges each year brings. Some opt to write life difficulties to let go of them, but I think we will write all the things we are grateful for and for positive things we want to release into the world. I'll let the girls write their own. We've wrapped them with some rosemary (just because thats all I had - anything would be fun)
See our previous celebrations:
2015 (the purple sky last year! We had takeaway hot choc)
2014 (too warm for a fire)
2013 (we were sick, a perfect way to get snuggly)
2012 (it was a hot day!)
2011 (there was live music, and we built our own fire without the MR)
Solstice is the 21 June. We will probably do ours a day early - but there isn't much difference between the shortest day/longest night of the year, compared to the second shortest right?! (a few mins) I'm sure any day this week will do. As its also FHE night we will do a small lesson about being grateful for the seasons, the sun and stars, nature and creation.
The astronomical definition comes about as the winter solstice is the day when the Sun is at its furthest north, it is at its lowest in the sky and the length of daylight is the shortest in the year. The North Pole of the earth will be tilted toward the Sun, which will have reached its northernmost position in the sky and will be directly over the Tropic of Cancer at 23.44 degrees north latitude. This is the first day of summer (summer solstice) in the northern hemisphere and the first day of winter (winter solstice) in the southern hemisphere.
Now to tuck into bed and enjoy the longest night of the year!