Looking back at our Solstice celebration, now passing into the memory of last year. But I feel a bit like a brown bear awakening slowly from a holiday hibernation, so the vibrations of our gathering are still with me. We were visiting family in the midwest on the shortest day of the year and I invited everyone to participate in celebrating the day - making simple rolled beeswax candles, thinking about our intentions for the year to come and releasing old patterns that hold us back.
I always feel a little tentative inviting extended family to celebrate seasonal holidays they might not otherwise, but I have found that most people appreciate the invitation to participate in ways that feel comfortable to them. We had a lovely moment outside releasing what holds us back to the bonfire, surrounded by our handmade Waldorf inspired lanterns and spoke aloud our intentions for the new year. Afterwards we warmed ourselves inside with Glogg, a nordic mulled wine.
It was fun to spend time during the day preparing for the celebration. Everyone loved making the candles and painting the lanterns, making everyone feel a part of the moment in a rich way.