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Do You Celebrate Winter Solstice?

Postby cmoneyspinner » 17 Dec 2017, 23:18

I don't celebrate winter solstice but have finally satisfied my curiosity by doing a little research on a topic I hear people talk about and reference a lot.

Sharing a link to an interesting write-up found in the online Encyclopedia Brittanica, Written By Alison Eldridge.
7 Winter Solstice Celebrations From Around the World

Did you know?
"Old solstice traditions have influenced holidays we celebrate now, such as Christmas and Hanukkah."

Do you celebrate winter solstice?

WINTER SOLSTICE: The winter solstice is the shortest day and longest night of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. It occurs annually between December 20 and December 23.
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Re: Do You Celebrate Winter Solstice?

Postby spiderdust » 17 Dec 2017, 23:24

We do. We have the stepkids here every single Christmas, so the Solstice/Yule is when I can do some of our quieter celebrating. :D
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Re: Do You Celebrate Winter Solstice?

Postby Angela150 » 18 Dec 2017, 00:10

This is the first time I have ever heard about Winter Solace. I have learnt something new today. I think discussion boards are helping to learn about new things!
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Re: Do You Celebrate Winter Solstice?

Postby lisasteinmetz69 » 18 Dec 2017, 01:49

I celebrate both. Christmas with my family and the solstice by myself. :)
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Re: Do You Celebrate Winter Solstice?

Postby Spriha » 18 Dec 2017, 02:01

I love winter but this celebration is unknown to me.
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Re: Do You Celebrate Winter Solstice?

Postby cmoneyspinner » 18 Dec 2017, 22:02

So far the responses are mixed. I see there are some who are not even familiar with this celebration. I'm curious to know what people do. Is it more gift giving? Is it a meal? Is there a special service? Are there songs associated with the celebration? I'm just wondering if I'm missing out on any fun! :lol:
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Re: Do You Celebrate Winter Solstice?

Postby ceci » 21 Dec 2017, 14:34

Oh yeah! We will make some glutinous rice ball with sweet soup. :P
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Re: Do You Celebrate Winter Solstice?

Postby cmoneyspinner » 21 Dec 2017, 16:16

Happy #WinterSolstice! Had to share this lovely picture of holly!!

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Ten Reasons to Love Winter | BBC

Click link to view all 10 images showing why you should love winter ❄ <3
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Re: Do You Celebrate Winter Solstice?

Postby neuralnet » 21 Dec 2017, 17:07

Happy #WinterSolstice everyone! This is the first year, that I actually have paid attention to it, so yeah, lol! It's always just about Christmas, and New Year's, how bout that solstice, lol! :D :clap: :wave:
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Re: Do You Celebrate Winter Solstice?

Postby Amans1234 » 21 Dec 2017, 17:09

This is exciting and I wanna be in one of these festivals.
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Re: Do You Celebrate Winter Solstice?

Postby cmoneyspinner » 21 Dec 2017, 18:41

ceci wrote:Oh yeah! We will make some glutinous rice ball with sweet soup. :P


Yum! Sounds delicious. I have just recently learned about rice balls. When people say sweet soup I usually think of a soup with lots of sweet corn in it. Do you have a particular recipe for your sweet soup?
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Re: Do You Celebrate Winter Solstice?

Postby nela13 » 21 Dec 2017, 18:41

Winter could be beautiful sometimes but I prefer summer and spring. I don't celebrate the Winter solstice, it is not a tradition in my country.
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Re: Do You Celebrate Winter Solstice?

Postby spiderdust » 23 Dec 2017, 00:50

I make a pot of wassail in the slow cooker and we sip it all day. At sunset we light a fire and bang on pots & pans outside to frighten the dark away/wake up the sun. I make a big roast dinner and a cake (a Buche de Noel is traditional, but complicated to make).
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Re: Do You Celebrate Winter Solstice?

Postby cmoneyspinner » 23 Dec 2017, 20:16

spiderdust wrote:I make a pot of wassail in the slow cooker and we sip it all day. At sunset we light a fire and bang on pots & pans outside to frighten the dark away/wake up the sun. I make a big roast dinner and a cake (a Buche de Noel is traditional, but complicated to make).


I knew it! I knew I was missing out great fun!! Now I'm inspired to look up a wassail recipe. :D
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Re: Do You Celebrate Winter Solstice?

Postby spiderdust » 24 Dec 2017, 01:37

Mine is cobbled together from a few different ones. I make a non-alcoholic version, although many of the traditional recipes have a lot of booze.

I scoop the core out of some apples (not the whole way through), stuff them with sugar, put a bunch of cloves in an orange, and then roast all of the fruit for half an hour. Then I put the roasted fruit in a gallon of cider with some cinnamon sticks, allspice, some pieces of crystallized ginger, a few pieces of star anise, and then I grate some nutmeg over it all. If I have some on hand, I throw in some fresh or frozen cranberries too. I let it simmer on low all day long, and we just serve ourselves when we want some. The longer it simmers, the better it gets.
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