10 Creative Ways to Celebrate the Winter Solstice

December 19, 2013 Family, Holiday Shopping

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Many consumers are turning away from the commercialism and purchasing mentality that is pervasive around the holidays. There are ways to attract customers without referencing the holiday shopping season. Winter solstice is celebrated each year on Dec. 21, the first day of winter.

The Winter Solstice marks the shortest day of the year when the sun is at the lowest point in the sky. Traditionally, cultures in different parts of the world marked the Winter Solstice with celebrations, feasts and tales told during festivals. Businesses can help consumers celebrate the solstice in unique, creative ways by revealing sales for Winter Solstice supplies and accessories. Whether you’re a winter-solstice veteran or newly interested in the occasion, here are 10 creative ways to commemorate the date:

1. Sunset

The first winter sunset Dec. 21 can be celebrated with friends and family. Find a perfect outdoor location to watch the sunset while sipping hot cider from a thermos and cuddling beneath warm blankets.

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2. Winter Picnic

Families can gather for a winter picnic just before the sunset. It helps to bring the family back to nature and to connect with a simpler time. The Winter Solstice is a chance to celebrate nature and the simpler times.

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3. Hike

A hike is the perfect opportunity to reconnect with nature and reflect with gratitude on the great things in life, which is the essence of the solstice celebration. Whether alone or with loved ones, a hike will help that reconnection and reflection.

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4. Party

After the picnic and sunset, gathering with family and friends for a celebration can be another way to connect with the spirit of the winter season. White, fanciful decorations along with things found in nature are a great way to reconnect. Pine cones, evergreen and other plants are great ways to commemorate the season.

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5. Fireworks

In some areas of the country, there are fireworks to celebrate the Winter Solstice, which is a time that we stop losing sunlight and start gaining it again. The winter sky is the clearest sky for seeing fireworks. People that want to celebrate with fireworks might have to improvise their own celebrations with sparklers.

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6. Candles

Many people live with only candles for light on the day of Winter Solstice. It helps them to reconnect with a time when candlelight and fire were the only way to illuminate homes. Candlelight is a romantic addition to the home and can be quite relaxing.

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7. Ritual

Whether it’s a party, a hike or a day of candlelight, the tradition is important. It doesn’t have to be complex. Invite friends over for a feast and share stories just like ancient cultures did thousands of years ago.

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8. Food

The food to serve at the celebration should be comfortable to the participants. It doesn’t have to be fancy. Each guest could bring a special dish with a special family history, which they can share with the group over dinner.

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9. Electronics

People can extend the nod to ancient times during the whole day by going without electronics. They can connect with family in person, leave the television off and stay away from the computer. It doesn’t have to include a planned celebration–simply laughter, stories and enjoying each other’s company.

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10. Mayan Celebration

The Mayan calendar talked about the end of the world coinciding with the Winter Solstice. Many people might celebrate that fact alone with Mayan traditions or even a celebration of the fact that the world didn’t end.

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Have you ever celebrated winter solstice? What is your favorite festivity?

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