A Short History: Winter Solstice
We all know about the Christmas traditions involving a fictional jolly old man who cruises the world on a reindeer drawn sleigh, egg nog by the fire, festive sweaters, countless television specials and too much candy. There are, however other ways in which some celebrate this time of year, ways that seem commercially forgotten. The Winter Solstice celebration is the recognition of the shortest day of the year. The origin of this holiday dates back to Ancient times. Many societies around the world celebrated this day and still do. The Winter Solstice is a nature-based holiday. Typical festivities take place such as great feasts, spending time with loved ones around a fire and sharing appreciation for Mother Earth. An aspect of this holiday is that many create their own traditions. This leaves for a relaxed and creative day, fun for all. This year, the Winter Solstice falls on December 21.