It’s Winter Solstice tomorrow, Sunday 22 December, at 04.19am. It’s the shortest day of the year which will last for 7 hours 49 minutes, 41 seconds in the UK. The longest night of the year will mean sunrise it as 08:05 GMT on Monday morning.
Celebrate the solstice by lighting candles and sit in the beautiful candlelight either alone or with your family. If you have an open fire you can light a yule log. You can of course light yellow or orange candles to represent the sun but honestly, any candles will do and tea lights are ideal. This is the darkest day and it’s lovely to celebrate the lighter nights on the horizon. Reflect on your past year and think about the things you want to achieve in the coming year.
There are many rituals you will find online and some are so beautiful to do but just a simple ritual of lighting candles is fine too. If you do not have candles then fairy lights will be just as welcoming and give a warm glow to your room.
Winter Solstice by Jacqueline Nash
On this cold dark Winter Solstice day
We await the birth of the sun, to take us into longer days with more light for everyone.
From this, the shortest day of the year, is the promise of hope and light, the wheel ever turning onwards taking us through the longest night
In between the end and the beginning, the sun stands still it would appear, before it’s return northwards and the start of a bright new year