The Winter Solstice beckons this coming Sunday, December 21st, marking the shortest day and longest night of the year. ‘Midwinter’ is a wonderful time to look deeply at small things, retune to natural cycles and to welcome light into your home and family. There is a reason it occurs close to other seasonal celebrations. It is a much needed reminder from Mother Nature to momentarily stop. Breathe. And just be.
Here are a few simple ideas on how you can incorporate the solstice into your day.
* Get outside and embrace nature. The RI Families in Nature Hike is hosting a family friendly hike on Sunday at 1pm at Parker Woodland, Coventry, RI. Further details can be found on the their website here.
* Welcome light! There are lots of easy ways to make your own lanterns, which even very young children can help with. Use Mason jars, Tin Cans or Paper Bags with a candle inside to bring light to the darkest day.
* Read a book together. Here are a couple of our family favorites.
* Feed our furry and feathered friends. Smother a pine cone in peanut butter and seed, thread some popcorn and berries onto yarn or simply put out some fruit, nuts and raisins and place outside.