Every year, the Winter Solstice sneaks up on me. You too? Christmas, in all it’s glory, dominates the spotlight for the first 3 weeks of December, so by the time the 21st or 22nd rolls up (depending on the year), I’m knee deep in gift wrap, cookie dough, and general house-spiffing for company. And I’m like “Oh shoot! The Solstice. I wanted to celebrate that this year.” [pullquote width=”300″ float=”left”]So Make a fire. Get cozy. Light all the candles in the house. Freeze some ice luminaries. And welcome the darkness that only takes center stage once a year.[/pullquote] Well I came to the table prepared in 2015. I did a bit of research and it turns out, the Winter Solstice (which falls on the shortest day of the year and is a celebration of the re-imerging of the sun) is indeed a celebration, but one that’s quite different than the hustling Holidays. Instead, it’s meant as a day of relaxed reflection on the past year, and the year to come. A breather, if you will, before Christmas events. Now that’s my kind of celebration! So Make a fire. Get cozy. Light all the candles in the house. Freeze some ice luminaries. And welcome the darkness that only takes center stage once a year.