I have to admit that winter makes my grumpy. I’m cold all the time (despite being covered in handknits most of the time) and the fact that it gets dark so early annoys me. I feel like there’s no evening, even though it’s the same length it always was, it’s just dark.
The good news is that the winter solstice is coming on Dec. 21. That day marks the shortest day and longest night of the year, meaning that starting after that we start, ever so slowly, to get our light back.
That’s something worth celebrating, right?
Check out this list of children’s books about the solstice from Rhythms of Play, as well as her great collection of winter solstice activities. I love the idea of having a special feast by candlelight to celebrate the impending return of the sun.
That second post also has some information about what the solstice is; if you want more information Wikipedia has a surprisingly good page on the winter solstice.
And if you happen to be in the Southern Hemisphere, looking to celebrate the summer solstice instead, Nell has got you covered there, too.
[Photo via Rhythms of Play.]