The Winter Solstice Is Upon Us *Open Thread*

December 21, 2014 by

Since I am on vacation, I am reprising this post from 2012. Happy Solstice!

As day turns to night, as the earth turns on her axis, the time has come for the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year. The day we light the Yule Log, breath in the smell of evergreens, and relish the red of the holly berry, reminders that though the light is gone for the moment, it will return, bringing life and renewal with it. In that still darkness, even then, is the promise of light, and life, returning.

And on this shortest day, when the light leaves, there is mystery, and depth. This is one of my favorite pieces by Clannad, as it touches upon those deep places with its rich tones and rhythms:

Just beautiful. Just magical…

The Solstice is a magical time, to be sure, by also a fascinating celestial event. I came across this interesting video that illustrates the planet’s path through the heavens on this Solstice, a trip this old Earth has made for millennia:

And for ages, people have celebrated this day, from Stonehenge to Newgrange to parts far afield across this planet, in ways unique, and ways the same. There is just something magical about this time of year, something holy. It is a time for introspection, a time to discern one’s own path through the heavens, a time to share love, laughter, song, and the warmth of the Yule Log. It is also a time to reach out to those less fortunate, to those who are alone or lonely, inviting them in to share a cup of cheer.

Yes, now is the time to celebrate Winter in all her glory:

At this time of year, whether you celebrate Solstice, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, all of the above or none of the above, I hope you are able to take a step back, take a moment to be still, to relish this time of year, the gatherings of loved ones, the joy of the season, and the promise of the year to come.

Merry meet, merry part, merry meet again!


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