The boy and the husband and I stayed up 'til the wee hours to watch the lunar eclipse, which in our location was a cloud-filtered patch of light that disappeared on cue.... and never came back. The snow rolled in and the clouds thickened and though we waited until the appointed hour of re-emergence and beyond, it was not to be. It was still exciting to see such a rare event, though without visual confirmation of the moon's return, I was seized with a sudden nostalgia for Space 1999.
Getting back to the topic of this post: Today is Winter Solstice. I've had an urge for several years now to mark or celebrate it in some fashion, but it always seems to sneak by me in the hustle of Christmas preparation. Since moving to Whistler, we have become intimately connected to the natural rhythm of the seasons like never before, and it seems right and proper to incorporate these seasonal milestones into our family awareness - to mark their significance, take notice.
I'm fascinated by the range of traditions occurring around this time of year on the theme of light prevailing in the midst of deepest darkness. Our own family practices in that regard are pretty much limited to lights on a tree... and I'm really interested in exploring and expanding that. So here's my question: What sort of traditions, celebrations, or practices do you observe around this time of year that pertain to light? Any and all: religious, non-religious, ethnic/cultural/historical traditions, strictly personal celebrations or practices... not necessarily limited to this particular day, but happening in the general vicinity.
Leave your answer in the comments (or link to your blog if you've already posted on the topic or want to say something more expansive). I'll keep the contest open until the end of this year, and January 1st I'll draw one name at random to receive three skeins of any in-stock yarn of the winner's choice (cashmere, silk, sock... anything they like.)