Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Frugal Celebration of the Winter Solstice


Happy Winter Solstice everyone!  December 21st marks the shortest day of the year, the longest night, and the return of the light.  Starting tomorrow our amount of daylight will continue to increase until we hit June 21st, the Summer Solstice.

The Winter Solstice and Summer Solstice are special holidays in our home.  Why?  It started on December 21, 2005, when my husband proposed, asking me to marry him that following June 21st.  Plus, we find it a great way to decrease the craziness associated with Christmas.

Here are a few frugal ideas on enjoying this magical day:

  • embrace nature -- go for a walk, bike ride, hike, sled down a hill, or simply sit and watch the birds;
  • enjoy light -- whether it is a candle, a fireplace, or an outdoor bonfire;
  • prepare simple food -- soups, breads, and fall harvest options (squash, cranberries, corn).  I found a tempting recipe on-line for a Winter Solstice Soup.  I will be giving it a try this year.
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How about you -- what frugal thoughts do you have for celebrating the Winter Solstice?

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