December 21, 2010 at 6:00 am
We started a tradition here around the time our first child was born. Christmas had become so busy. So bustling. So much a marathon that didn’t feel like us.
That’s when we began embracing the Solstice. For our little family it is a chance to be together and reflect before the flurry of travel, visits, visiting.
The Solstice also means embracing warmth — food, drink and gifts — even music. Remembering that soon it will be bright and warm again, but in the meantime, it is up to us to keep those feelings alive in our home.
One year it was comfy pajama pants; last year it was handmade blankets. This year, my family will receive hand-knitted hats. Next year my goal is wool socks, so I plan to start those on Wednesday.
Gifts of warmth don’t have to be tangible, of course. But I love planning something special for my family each year.
And this year especially, the Solstice feels even more like something to celebrate!
I hope you too will have the chance to take a deep breath before or during the busyness of Christmas in whatever way fits for your family.
Happy Holidays to you and yours!