For those of us in the northern hemisphere, the Winter Solstice is upon us. On the 21st/22nd of December this year, the sun will show itself for less than 10 hours. The night will be its longest for the solar year in excess of 14 hours. Yikes!
All this happens exactly at 0530 hundred hours (that’s in the morning) of the 22nd (UTC), the exact time this post is scheduled to appear on these here intertubes. Local time on the western coast of the United States is 1030 hundred hours on the 21st (I hope I got that right).
Anyway, humans have long noted the passing of the seasons and marked this significant event with celebrations, rituals, or, at least on the northern hemisphere, a finger up at the gods for making life cold and dark. It’s not a co-wink-a-dink that most religions have some sort of celebration at this time of year. For the heathens out there, we celebrate the fact that though the winter has just begun, the days are getting longer.
Here’s one way my husband and I have celebrated the Winter Solstice in the past:
- Gather your friends and family (libations entice them to come outside in the dark)
- Collect lots of wood
- Have on hand some incendiary device (my husband prefers some kindling and lots of white gas :D)
- Pass out candles and light them
- Start a bonfire to hold back the night, and
- Celebrate the return of the sun with friends, family, and the world