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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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