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The How-To Lounge: Celebrate the Winter Solstice

Not everyone celebrates Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa, but everyone can celebrate the Winter Solstice. It falls on Dec. 22, and it's the day when the sun is the farthest away from the equator. It's also the shortest day and the longest night of the year.

Why not start a tradition where you celebrate this unique day? For a few ideas on how to commemorate the solstice,


  • Bundle up and go star gazing. Bring a blanket or sleeping bags, a flashlight, and some champagne. You can look for shooting stars and see the moon at the lowest point it'll be in the sky all year.
  • Exchange letters with your significant other, listing all the reasons you love and appreciate him or her.
  • Go sledding or snowshoeing, or take a walk in the woods and appreciate the sights and sounds of Winter.
  • Make a special dinner with loved ones, maybe a family recipe or your favorite comfort food. Or, enjoy a candlelight meal with your partner, complete with relaxing music and cuddling on the couch.
  • Go out for hot chocolate.
  • Throw a solstice party with your closest friends. Make a big pot of steaming soup, hot cider, and anything else that warms you up on a Winter's night.

Do you have any other ideas about how to celebrate the Winter Solstice? If so, please share them in the comments section below.


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retrodiva retrodiva 8 years
Love celebrating the solstice. We will definitely be lighting candles and waiting for the sun's return. :)
Pink Lipstick, I was just about to point out that celebrating seasonal changes is a Pagan tradition.
trixiefire trixiefire 8 years
HA. I'm sure the solstice is a little more thrilling for those who live in areas where they're still getting sun in the afternoon. For me, the only thing to celebrate on that day is the fact that the days will only get longer after that. Winter is so dark in Seattle.
kmariem kmariem 8 years
the shortest day of the year - light the candles!
Pink_Lipstick Pink_Lipstick 8 years
I'm Pagan and celebrate all the changes of season, so I'm loving that you posted this article. =)
minaminamina minaminamina 8 years
And you can celebrate my birthday on the 22nd too! Or, if you're Muslim, you can celebrate Eid al Adha, which fell on the 19th of December this year, and was missing from every Sugar holiday post this year.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
You start gaining a mn every day!
kia kia 8 years
Yay! Solstice on Saturday, Full Moon on Sunday!! I love solstice parties... in June you celebrate summer and in the winter it becomes a non-denominational get together.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
Aww that's this Saturday! I am so plannign somethign with my man :)
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