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I was just wondering what people are doing for the solstice? This is the first year we will be really marking it and I was thinking of wrapping up warm and lighting some candles outside on a log and telling some related stories. Will just be DD, DS and myself as DH at work meal.

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We go for a winter walk, have a nice roast dinner, drink hot chocolate (might try and do it around a fire this year). We always light candles too smile. For us its a nice little family celebration of our own with a nice slow pace to the day without the crazyness of presents and junk food that inevitably happens on christmas day!

I will go watch the sunrise over the common nearby then we will be having a fire in the garden, give the first of the winter gifts I’ve made the kids and share a feast here with friends.  I will spend some time meditating by myself.  For the children we’ll be mixing reindeer food (0ats and glitter) and I’m making four small gingerbread houses for them eachg to ice and add sweetie decorations to.

Enjoy your day

X

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We’re going to a party! A friend is having a bonfire, we are roasting chestnuts and all bringing food to share.

Clare xxx

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I love the sound of all these bonfires!

We always plant spring bulbs, have a fire and stories by candlelight. We usually make something sun, or brightness, related.

Just keeping it simple…..friends for a meal late afternoon/early eve. Stories, candles, peace and quiet and a little pause before the crazyness of Christmas.

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I am leaving out a gift for each of us to open on the evening of the Solstice, a pair of knitted warn socks each!, and we will be lighting candles all around our garden and home. I think Im going to cook a feast of veg stew and roasted veggies, maybe some camenbert and wine for adults. Then hot chocolate and cream as we all write a blessing or message of peace on a piece of paper and watch it burn in the dancing flames, focussing all our energy onto it and hoping the message is sent on its way. Like Gipseyrose, I am going to make sure I have some time for quiet meditation during the day at some point, but I would also like to involve my daughter in this as she enjoys ‘mecitation’ very sweet.

Im so looking forwadr to it, I just love Midwinter so much.

Blessings all x

We’re having a BIG group bring-and-share meal today, for a total 15 people (8 adults and 7 children!), all our pagan friends! We all come together for one of these meals for Midsummer and Yule every year, and this is the first time we’ve been able to host as we’ve always lived out-of-the-way or in too small a house.

Then on the 21st, we’ll open gifts round the tree, and then we WERE going to have a proper Yule dinner together as a family, but our plans have just changed to go see paternal grandparents in Barnsley.

Christmas Eve, inkeeping with our Slovakian family traditions, we’ll open one gift each (always new pajamas) and then on Christmas Day (we celebrate both so we don’t exclude one from Ru and Pixie) we’ll open the little gifts in our stockings.

Boxing Day we’re seeing my dad, stepmama, bro, sis and sister’s fella!

Phew.

I’m tired just thinking about it!

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Solstice eve I’m attending a ritual down at the stone circle on the beach, we’re doing it in the evening, so lots of candles, crashing waves…ooh can’t wait, and then back to a friend’s house for a pot luck supper.
Then home and preparing for Yule morning, setting up Rye’s gifts, setting the table for breakfast.

On Yule (22nd this year), we’ll be up early, Rye will open up his stocking gifts, and then I think we’ll take a ride in the van to a high point and welcome the rising sun (I especially love this time of the year because this doesn’t mean we have to be up at silly o’clock lol).  Home breakfast, opening a few more gifts, then play with the opened gifts.  I’ll pop on the slowcooker with our Yule dinner (pheasant).  Play some more with Rye, thinking of a walk down the beach, then a late lunch.  I’m hoping the festive dvd’s I’ve ordered will have arrived, so we can watch one in the afternoon.  Then rye will open the last of his gifts, more play, as it gets darker, candles will be lit, lights turned out (apart from the Yule “tree” lights”).  I’ll read from Lunar Moon Hare, and Rye will move on the wheel of the year card.

And later, once rye is in bed I will meditate a little.

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Joxy im so glad youve confirmed the date - I was so sure it was the 22nd this year but then people have been saying the 21st and I was very confused as to when others would be celebrating! We aren’t pagan but I love the idea of marking the return of the sun (and the seasons in general tbh).

Yeap Charliesmum it’s the 22nd this year. Official time of the solstice is 5:30am, with sunrise (Bristol) at 8:14am, obviously a but earlier where Joxy is wink  ........ you’ve inspired me to think about heading up hill somewhere to see the sunrise. Might get the map out and see where is close…....

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We’ve got my brother,  gran and aunt coming over, soup for lunch, a short walk round a local woodland lake, we’ll collect a yule log on the way round. Then home to decorate it, and tye on our wishes for 2012. We’ll have a choco yule log too and burn the wood one either on the firepit or the stove depending on the weather. Then a big lamb roast and lots of mulled wine. We’ll exchange pressents at some point too. Looking forward to it! (and it’s baby S’s first birthday the day before too so lots of festive fun in the next few days smile

sounds lovely PPC.  I was planning on lamb too, but phew expensive at the mo, so I decided to go for pheasant as it was only £3.25 for a bird.  Haven’t had pheasant since I was a girl tho, so be interesting, and of course Rye has never had it.  Looking forward to shoving it in the slowcooker and forgetting about it :D Then just the accompliments to do with.

I rather suspect I’ll imbuing a wee bit of mulled cider.  hehehe.

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You’ve all got me thinking now!  Definitely lights and love the sound of a bonfire we have a load of wood that needs burning at the bottom end of the garden.  Will probably read the Brambley Hedge story pertaining to the winter solstice.

Whatever you do, hope you all have a lovely time.

San x

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Wow, such a lot of lovely ideas. Love them all but may have to keep some back for next year wink Like the idea of messages on paper Gem and burning them. That’s something we could incorporate into candles outside (or on my parents fire depending on weather!) Also liking the chestnuts, not had them for ages.
Defiantly keeping it quiet and peaceful as Christmas Eve, day and boxing day will be a mass of family and friends, which I have to say I love but it is nice to have a special focus for our wee family beforehand.

Have a lovely time everyone and thank you for your lovely inspiration again.

xx

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I was given ‘Celebrating the Great Earth Mother’ this year, so an idea from there that we’ve chosen is to make a Yule cave in our garden and make tiny animals out of clay to put into it on yule eve with some candles to burn through that night and the next. It feels nice to have a family ritual to make it special! I’m trying to make a gift each for the children - I’m halfway through dd1’s, ds’s is wrapped and dd2 doesn’t have one yet…

We’ll hopefully have a lovely meal together and lots of candles, with room for writing some intentions somewhere…

Claire xx

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