Winter Solstice December 21, 2014
The Winter Solstice arrives in Denver December 21, 2014 at 4:03 pm mst. We celebrate this every year in our home. It is a quiet celebration, but seems to bring calm and hope into the house.
The ancient Neolithic people who were typically hunters and farmers watched the skies and created religious practices around the changing of the seasons. The Midwinter celebrations were meant to ensure that the sun returned to the land each year.
The word Solstice comes from the Latin sol stetit which means “sun stands still”. The ancient people thought that the sun actually stood still for 6 days.
Most of the Christmas customs, rituals and symbols actually can be linked back to the Winter Solstice celebrations from hundreds of years ago. It was known as Yule, from the Norse Jul, meaning wheel.
This is a time of quiet, cold and dark. There are a number of celebrations that take place at this time. Lighting a fire is one of the oldest ways of honoring the return of the sun.
A Litany for the Winter Solstice
“For the return of the sun – blessings and praise
For the gifts we give – and receive – blessings and praise
For all the gift givers – blessings and praise
For the Children of Wonder – blessings and praise
For children everywhere – blessings and praise
For sunsets and starlight – blessings and praise
For fabulous feast days – blessings and praise
For those who cook them – blessings and praise
For the tree in the corner – blessings and praise
For the candles in the window – blessings and praise
For the icicles on the trees – blessings and praise
For light on the snowfields – blessings and praise
For the gifts of friendship – blessings and praise
For hand-bell ringers – blessings and praise
For the robin and wren – blessings and praise
For animals everywhere – blessings and praise
Events for the Solstice in Denver
There may be others if you search on the internet.
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Sock Wreath – Gingerbread Cookie Mix – Holiday Potpourri – Herbal Vinegars and Oils – Cranberry Orange Pound Cake – Garden Plant Markers – Salt Dough Ornaments – Bird Feeder – Relaxing Bath Salts – Cinnamon Wrapped Candles – Cranberry Facial Mask – Pomander Orange Balls – English Muffin Bread – Hot Chocolate with a Twist – Ornaments from the Kitchen – Grandmother’s Shortbread Cookies –Winter Solstice December 21 2014 – Giving of Yourself