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« Topic Start: December 20, 2009, 03:45:11 pm »


Hey, I'm going to celebrate the winter solstice for the first time tomorrow, and I was wondering if anyone had any good ideas!

We're planning to watch the sun rise, to "unplug" (no tv, computer, etc), donate to charity, go for a hike, and do something good for the environment. The theme of the solstice to me is hope, so we're trying to do something good for human kind, nature, and ourselves, to create hope... Maybe that sounds cheesy, I don't know.

 I was hoping that maybe people with more experience would be able to give me some ideas, or educate me more on solstice, especially all the beliefs behind yule! Especially what I could do for the environment, because I've had trouble coming up with a really good idea. (Oh, and I'm currently unemployed sooooo... anything inexpensive would be good.)
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« Reply #1: December 20, 2009, 04:34:05 pm »

Hey, I'm going to celebrate the winter solstice for the first time tomorrow, and I was wondering if anyone had any good ideas!


Like many others here at the Cauldron, Sparrow, I stay up all night (since the winter solstice is the longest night of the year) to commemorate the solstice. In fact, for the last few years we've used the Cauldron as a forum to stay up all night together, in an event and thread dubbed "Up All Night: A Technopagan Winter Solstice". The 2009 edition will begin Monday, December 21, and run all night through to the following morning (Tuesday, December 22). Look for it tomorrow in the Holidays and Festivals board.

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We're planning to watch the sun rise, to "unplug" (no tv, computer, etc), donate to charity, go for a hike, and do something good for the environment. The theme of the solstice to me is hope, so we're trying to do something good for human kind, nature, and ourselves, to create hope... Maybe that sounds cheesy, I don't know.


I don't think that's cheesy at all. I think it's great. Though if you "unplug" the computer, you won't be able to join tomorrow night's cyber solstice celebration. But you can still do your own all-nighter. As someone who does it every year, I highly recommend it!
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« Reply #2: December 20, 2009, 04:53:16 pm »

Like many others here at the Cauldron, Sparrow, I stay up all night (since the winter solstice is the longest night of the year) to commemorate the solstice. In fact, for the last few years we've used the Cauldron as a forum to stay up all night together, in an event and thread dubbed "Up All Night: A Technopagan Winter Solstice". The 2009 edition will begin Monday, December 21, and run all night through to the following morning (Tuesday, December 22). Look for it tomorrow in the Holidays and Festivals board.


Yes, I am planning to stay up all night! I was under the impression that the longest night of the year was the night of the 20th, and on the 21st we gain three seconds of daylight (woo hoo!). Am I mistaken?
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« Reply #3: December 20, 2009, 06:15:04 pm »



This is my first year celebrating the winter solstice, too, so I don't have many ideas, either...but I really like some of yours! Mind if I borrow them?

I was planning on TRYING to stay up all night, but I've been very sick the past week and bed-ridden, so I'm not sure how well I'll be able to do that. I also don't have room for a yule log, so I'm going to try and keep a candle burning for as long as I stay up. And make gingerbread men and apple cider.
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« Reply #4: December 20, 2009, 07:10:15 pm »

Yes, I am planning to stay up all night! I was under the impression that the longest night of the year was the night of the 20th, and on the 21st we gain three seconds of daylight (woo hoo!). Am I mistaken?

Honestly, I'm not sure. I think it might depend on where you are, since the longitude and latitude will affect when the night begins and ends relative to the actual moment of solstice. I did some digging online a couple of weeks ago, and from what I could see, for North America anyway, the longer of the two nights (by a second or two) was the night beginning Monday, December 21.

But while I always shoot for the longest of nights, I'm not too much of a stickler. That second or two or three is splitting hairs, and folks should celebrate on whichever night is best for them, IMHO. For Cauldron purposes, we're doing it this year on the night beginning Dec. 21. Please feel free to join us!
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« Reply #5: December 20, 2009, 07:16:15 pm »

I was planning on TRYING to stay up all night, but I've been very sick the past week and bed-ridden, so I'm not sure how well I'll be able to do that. I also don't have room for a yule log, so I'm going to try and keep a candle burning for as long as I stay up. And make gingerbread men and apple cider.

Keziah, if you're very sick, I strongly recommend you DON'T stay up all night. Sleep is by far the body's best way to heal itself, and you don't want to sabotage your recovery. There will be plenty of years for you to stay up for the winter solstice.

I keep a candle burning too. I have a black long-burning candle that will go all night and then some; I light it at the moment of sunset, and don't extinguish it until the sun returns. BUT if you're not going to stay up all night to keep an eye on it, DON'T keeping a candle burning all night; way too much of a fire hazard.

Better to go the tech route: Get yourself a special nightlight for the occasion, and keep it plugged in all night as a candle substitute.
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« Reply #6: December 20, 2009, 07:18:46 pm »

I'm going to try and keep a candle burning for as long as I stay up.

I should have read more carefully. This is a wise plan--much better than a candle burning all night if you're not going to be awake to watch it.
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« Reply #7: December 20, 2009, 08:25:00 pm »

I should have read more carefully. This is a wise plan--much better than a candle burning all night if you're not going to be awake to watch it.

Hee hee, yeah. No need to ever worry about fire hazards with me. I had night terrors for the first 13 years of my life of dying in fires...I'm terrified of anything fire-related. I refused to even light a candle in my room until I was 18.  Grin

And I think you're right on the sleep thing, too. I'm going to play it by ear. I guess because of the coughing or whatever, I get up a LOT during the night, anyways...maybe I can just check in then!
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« Reply #8: December 21, 2009, 12:00:02 pm »

Hey, I'm going to celebrate the winter solstice for the first time tomorrow, and I was wondering if anyone had any good ideas!

We're planning to watch the sun rise, to "unplug" (no tv, computer, etc), donate to charity, go for a hike, and do something good for the environment. The theme of the solstice to me is hope, so we're trying to do something good for human kind, nature, and ourselves, to create hope... Maybe that sounds cheesy, I don't know.

 I was hoping that maybe people with more experience would be able to give me some ideas, or educate me more on solstice, especially all the beliefs behind yule! Especially what I could do for the environment, because I've had trouble coming up with a really good idea. (Oh, and I'm currently unemployed sooooo... anything inexpensive would be good.)

What you are planning to do sounds awesome. I finished carving a wooden rune set just around midnight, and I lit a candle in honor of my loved ones and ancestors. Today, I worked out, and plan on spending time helping my family clean. If weather permits, tonight I will have a bonfire with some friends, with a log coated in spices, and drink meade!

Have a happy winter solstice everyone!
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« Reply #9: December 21, 2009, 04:48:31 pm »

Hey, I'm going to celebrate the winter solstice for the first time tomorrow, and I was wondering if anyone had any good ideas!

We're planning to watch the sun rise, to "unplug" (no tv, computer, etc), donate to charity, go for a hike, and do something good for the environment. The theme of the solstice to me is hope, so we're trying to do something good for human kind, nature, and ourselves, to create hope... Maybe that sounds cheesy, I don't know.

 I was hoping that maybe people with more experience would be able to give me some ideas, or educate me more on solstice, especially all the beliefs behind yule! Especially what I could do for the environment, because I've had trouble coming up with a really good idea. (Oh, and I'm currently unemployed sooooo... anything inexpensive would be good.)

I plan on staying up all night, but not out of some need to connect myself to the solstice unfortunately--that's just part of the problem when you work third shift.  Sad

My plans for the solstice: Sitting around and laughing it up with my best friend. We may or may not cast a circle, although I don't feel a particular need to. I'm celebrating today as a feast of Aset and aside from a "Hey, how are you?" from me, she doesn't desire much else in recognition. My best friend might want to do the circle casting thing since this is a big holiday in her book (Greek/Celtic pagan), but chances are we'll sit around with some soda and pull out our Tarot decks when we feel "connected." That's about it.

This may not sound fun or useful or even remotely intriguing, but I think this is the best kind of communing with the gods ever!

Oh, yes, and there will be True Blood watching. Mm. True Blood.
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