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Three Quiet Ways to Celebrate the Winter Solstice

December has turned out to be a bit more busy and stressful then I anticipated. Since tonight is the winter solstice, I’ve found a few quiet, relaxing ways to celebrate tonight.

Make your own dried oranges for ornaments or a solstice wreath

I shared instructions for drying orange slices last week, and you can use them to decorate in several ways. Thread them with a little string and hang them on your Christmas tree as ornaments, and the lights will make the glow gorgeous sunset hues.

Another way to use them is by decorating a solstice wreath. I ultimately bought a fake wreath to attach mine too (I’ll redecorate it every year!) but you could follow the instructions here for making one with a wire hanger.

Releasing ceremony

The more formal version of this ritual is to write down on a small piece paper, in red ink, either something you want to leave behind in the new year, or something you want to gain in the new year. Then you burn the paper with a red candle.

Even if your short a red candle or pen, writing a goal down and burning or tearing it up feels more affirming then a mere verbal declaration.

Great the Sun

Traditionally, you would stay up until sunrise to great the sun and celebrate the end of the longest night of the year. If all- nighters aren’t your thing, try a sunrise walk with a travel mug filled with you favorite coffee (that’s my plan!)


  1. I finally got around to buying our wreath for the front door, today. I love to keep it up all Christmas Season and try to spray it so it stays fresh–and good-smelling. The oranges would look so great on it, against our light blue front door. But I’m running short on time this holiday! And I too am all for ways to enjoy the quiet!

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    • I only got my wreath together the week before Christmas, partially because I kept telling myself I had time when I really didn’t. I finally had to crack and buy a fake one just to have something to hang up!

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