For many of us in the Northern Hemisphere, we are about to enter a wonderful season! Winter is an incredible gift which we all too easily take for granted, or worse, complain about.
How are your celebration plans coming? With less than 4 weeks left before Yule (the Winter Solstice), I have to admit I’ve got only a little ready. For many of us, this is a big Sabbat, which takes a more preparation (and if you are buying gifts, the HP Gift List here might help). Whether it’s due to cultural inertia, or kid’s expectations, the importance of Stars and this Sabbat, or whatever, it’s a big deal in our family. We’ve are about to start the Solstice doors and decorating (right after Thanksgiving though because Thanksgiving is as late as possible this year, there are only 24 days between Thanksgiving and Solstice). If you have been doing your Winter Solstice traditions for years, if you are just starting your family and are currently building the traditions which will bring the Universe to your kids, or anything in between, I hope that the traditions and practices on this post are found to be useful, inspiring, or just comforting. One fun family activity you can do now is to make a gingerbread stonehenge (directions here).
Like so many of us, our family is planning the gifts for Winter Solstice/the holidays. Those of us who celebrate the Winter Solstice have an even shorter time than most Americans for holiday planning and shopping, so I wanted to our annual Naturalistic Pagan Winter Solstice gift idea post out now. Here are some gift ideas to give or ask for! Of the items here, many will help your spiritual practice, enriching your daily life. Others will help you be understood by loved ones, or help you open a child’s eyes to our glorious Universe. Read More