Monday, December 20, 2010

Preparing for Winter Solstice

 This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine.  This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine.  This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine, let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.
I love the idea of celebrating winter solstice.  Aside from a simple lesson and celebration of nature and the rhythm of the seasons (and astronomy, if you have a super-science-minded-child), it is a perfect excuse to stop . . . breathe . . . and enjoy a moment of quiet and simplicity in the middle of an otherwise crazy time of year. 

In anticipation of longer days and the light returning and to bring a little light into our own house during these long winter nights, the girls and I made paper stars (using this Magic Onions tutorial) today and hung them up all over the house.  

I pulled out all of my old scrapbook paper, and eliminated some clutter in the process.  Happy day.


They've been singing "This Little Light of Mine" all over the house, too.  I would love to say we're going to stay home, light candles, take a nature walk, and go electricity/technology-free for the day.  Instead, we'll be waiting for someone to install our fiber optic service.  Yeah, trying to wrap my head around the irony of that scheduling quirk.  Still, we'll be home.  And it will be quiet.  And there will be songs and merry making.  My little piece of quiet this week.

Also, don't forget to set your alarm clock tonight for the lunar eclipse.  What timing, right?  I can't think of a better way to start a solstice celebration than by shivering outside in the wee hours of the morning to stare up at the red moon.

I hope you all find ways to create your own peace this week.  I'd love to hear if you have any other ideas for ways to carve out a little quiet time during the holidays.


  1. Last year we made luminaries, and then I dug out little spots for them in the foot of snow on the deck. Yeah, seriously. They looked really pretty all lit, though. This year I just have our collection of candles on the dining room table. I'm just so tired from being sick.

  2. Love these stars! I am heading over to find out how to make them right now! Thanks for sharing...

  3. My sister has a dinner each year on the Winter Solstice where all of the foods (for the most part) are black or white. They invite friends over and eat by candle light. :)

  4. Amy, I remember your snow candles. That was such a sweet idea. Now I just need the snow. :) I'd love to do more candles next year.

    Denise, your welcome! I had trouble figuring out how to glue them to stay put without the scrapbooking glue dots (I'm finally out), but I used my hot glue gun in the end on anything that wouldn't stick and to stick the string to them.

    Oh, that sounds so nice, Angie. Thanks for sharing that!

  5. I love the stars! I wish you could show me how to make them b/c diagrams mean nothin to me... :)

  6. I'm like that too, Lora. This one wasn't too bad once you got in and worked with it a bit. Really, after that first one they were easy.

  7. This sounds really fun, and they look so beautiful! Thanks for the link!


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