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Celebrate Christmas & the Winter Solstice

The Winter solstice is the shortest day of the year, and usual fall on December 21 or 22. This day represents the start of the gradual lengthening of the days. Cultures throughout history have celebrated this day for various reasons. You may have your own creative reasons for celebrating the day, but the simple idea that the Winter Solstice means the beginning of spring. You can celebrate the shortest day of the year yourself this year with a few of these ideas.

You can ask your family if they have heard of any community solstice celebrations. Many communities have organized celebrations, which can be fun. Maybe your area has a community solstice parade or perhaps another type of celebration.

If your community doesn't have a solstice celebration, or you want to have your own celebration, there are plenty of activities for you to enjoy.

One tradition is the lighting of a Yule Log. A Yule Log is a special log that you light to celebrate the lengthening of the days. Today, most people light the Yule Log around Christmas, however, the tradition is originally Scandinavian.

Instead of a Yule Log you can have a bonfire where allowed. With adult supervision you can plan a nice bonfire. Your bonfire will allow you to turn out the electric lights around you and enjoy the darkness and views of the stars on the shortest day of the year. Invite your friends and neighbors to your bonfire and enjoy the sense of community and maybe have some s'mores while you celebrate the lengthening of the days.

Another Yule Log tradition is a the baked and decorated Yule Log. You can find a wide variety of Yule Log  recipes. While baking your Yule Log treat you can remember the importance of the day, and have fun decorating your own homemade treat.

You can also decorate your home with evergreens and other plants. You can make and hang your own wreath, or find holly, ivy and mistletoe to decorate your home. This decoration will allow you to celebrate the changes and beauty of winter, as well as celebrating the solstice and getting yourself into the holiday spirit.

Winter solstice can also be celebrated with candles. You can turn the lights off in your home and light candles on the winter solstice. Or instead, you can make homemade lanterns, which will hold a lit candle. You can decorate your lanterns in your own unique style and then decorate your home with them during the winter solstice.

The winter solstice is a day of great importance and is a long celebrated tradition. Throughout histories cultures have celebrated the shortest day of the year and its bringing of longer days, more sun and spring. There are many ways that you can celebrate this day and enjoy some tradition winter traditions.
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