Much of what the Romans did to celebrate at this time of year, resembles the activities of the non-religious side of the season which we still participate in. They celebrated the solstice as Saturnalia, a winter fair of enormous proportions as well as a festival of the home. Houses were decorated with laurel and evergreen trees, lamps & candles were kept lit to ward off evil spirits, and friends visited one another’s homes bringing gifts such as cake, jewellery, candles and incense for good luck. Giant feasts of food were also involved. Not unlike what we do today!! So happy winter solstice.
20 December 2006
Tommorow is the longest night of the year. We have been honouring the solstice in our house for a few years now, as a celebration of nature and the seasons. My son now understands from this day forward, the days will be getting longer and brighter, growing toward spring. I may have been raised Christian, and now proclaim to be a Buddhist, but my pagan beliefs are always there, like nature itself. Its a simple thing, to honour the seasons and the earth and many of those beliefs underlie the whole Christmas season.