The Winter Solstice is here again and I certainly noticed it this morning.
Winter Solstice is marked on the shortest day of the year for the Southern Hemisphere.
Technically this would make it a perfect opportunity to catch a late sunrise, but in reality, Melbourne is pretty cold and overcast and it just ends up making it harder to get out of a warm, snuggly bed.
At my house it meant I got to lay there in the dark a little longer ignoring my alarm to a non stop chitter chatter of “are you still awake Mum?”
But what are some other ways to celebrate Winter Solstice?
- You could attend one of the great events or festivals this Saturday. Try the Belgrave Lantern Parade, Ceres Beautiful Darkness Winter Solstice Festival or the Warragul Winterfest and Lantern Parade.
- Make a hot lunch or supper. Soup is always a lovely idea at this time of year.
- Bake a delicious, luscious cake and share it with someone as a surprise.
- Light some candles this evening and do away with the electricity.
- Pull your favourite board game out from the back of the cupboard and go crazy.
- Write a letter. The recipient will love it, guaranteed.
- Make a cup my delicious and very decadent white hot chocolate for supper. Bonus points for drinking it around a fire.
- Pull on your winter woolies and head out for a walk.
- Fuel your warm weather fantasies by planning a weekend away.
- Watch your shadow. You will have the longest shadow of the year at midday.
- Bundle up with a rug, coat and beanie and watch the stars tonight.
- Create a little ski lodge ambiance. Turn on some moody lighting, light your indoor fireplace, drape wooly blankets with abandon, brew some mulled wine and play some vintage tunes.
- Read you favourite book in your most comfortable chair. Bring snacks.
- Enjoy a pot of tea.
- Make a fresh loaf of your very own bread.
- Make an arrangement out of whatever you have growing in your garden. Winter provides us with some beautiful textures, scent and colours here in Melbourne. Lavender and rosemary would be a great place to start.
Whatever you do, I hope you enjoy your day.
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