Celebrate the winter solstice with your children
Take time out of the hectic festive season to celebrate winter and and the returning sun.
This is such a busy and fun time of the year for families but that does mean we can become a bit depleted by the festive season. My solution? Take time out, put down the paperchains, turn off the festive music, pack away the wrapping paper and reconnect with nature and the seasons once more.
This year the winter solstice will happen on 22 December – a Thursday. Although traditionally the winter solstice is thought of as the first day of winter, I love that it means it's the shortest day and therefore the light will be returning!
Celebrating the solstice, which means "sun stand still", doesn't have to add much to your ever increasing to-do list or overload your stretched budget. It's actually a lovely way to stand still yourself and take a moment out of the chaos that seems to build as we head towards the 25th.
Follow our ideas for a simple and cheap celebration:
- Food obviously has to be included and this is easy to do by making a cake. Cut out a sun picture from icing or draw one on with icing pens. Get the children to light a candle each and place it on the cake while making a wish
- Make salt dough ornaments of the sun and stars. Don't forget to make a hole with a straw before baking them in the oven if you want to hang them up at your windows
- Go for a walk. Celebrating the winter solstice is gentle reminder about the seasons so taking a walk is a wonderful way to relax and immerse yourself in in nature. While out see if you can pick up a log and other natural treasures or raid your kitchen cupboards to make a Yule log (see below)
- Decorate your Yule log by wrapping ribbon around it and then using that to hold feathers, cinammon sticks or twigs in place. Fir cones and dried berries (such as cranberries) can be stuck on with glue. This can be used as a centre piece for your table or you can burn it if it's dry enough
- Have your meal by candlelight. Make these simple lanterns to decorate the table
- The winter solstice is all about the rebirth of the natural world so celebrate this by sowing some salad seeds in pots on your kitchen windowsill to give you micro greens for the rest of winter or try growing sprouting seeds.
Photo: Debbie Webber
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