Even though I grew up celebrating Christmas, I am now more comfortable acknowledging the winter solstice, since it is the time that’s carved out by nature, not manmade (with their agendas).
For millennia, people have lit bonfires and then lights in order to celebrate the coming of light and the unbreakable cycle of nature. Symbolically for me, the Solstice is the time of hope–the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel, the happier times that come after the sad ones.
This year has been kind to us so far–nothing super sad had come our way. So instead of saying goodbye to a darker period, we can express our gratitude for the “uneventful” year. And we can treat darkness itself kindly, say our goodbyes to it gently, as it will melt away one minute or so every day till summer.
We’ll welcome the light by appreciating the present moment. Hopefully when appreciated, it’ll decide to stay with us for a long time to come. In the meantime, we’ll play with it and catch it in the little lights I’ve hung over the windows and in the glasses of red wine. We’ll also have a light feast of some healthy vegan/gluten-free food. It’s light on the stomach but it’s the feast that displays the bounty of Earth, a medley of colors and flavors. How de-lightful!
Have a lovely and de-lightful Solstice day and let its light seep into each day of your life.
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