The first year I celebrated Winter Solstice was 1987. I had experienced a huge awakening to Nature in July of that year and by Winter Solstice I had already begun to learn about aligning with Nature by celebrating the seasons.
I knew I wanted to celebrate Winter Solstice but I didn’t know what to do. So I did nothing beyond deciding to acknowledge the day as the start of the new solar year that supports all life on Earth.
The next year as December came around, I realized that I no longer wanted to sing Christmas carols. It wasn’t that I didn’t want to sing, it was that I wanted to sing something appropriate to Winter Solstice.
So I began to research the history of carols and found to my surprise that some of our most popular “Christmas” carols existed originally as Winter Solstice carols.