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10 Things I Love About the Winter Solstice

By December 20, 2013

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What do YOU love about the Yule season?
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I'll be the first to admit that the older I get, the less interested I am in the trappings of the holiday season. I don't really care about shopping and it doesn't matter to me if we get lights hung up or not. On the other hand, there are some things I really do love - I'm a sucker for the Charlie Brown Christmas Special each year, for the look on my kids' faces when they open a gift, and for the idea that I can bake as much as I like and no one will complain about the mysterious arrival of warm loaves of bread on their desks.

I like snow - although I'll be sick of it by March - and I like the fact that it's a good time of year to stay indoors, decompress, and not sweat the small stuff. I also like knowing that by Yule, it's the end of the longer nights, and that slowly the sun begins working its way back. So, in no particular order, here are Ten Things I Love About the Winter Solstice.

What do YOU love about this time of year Share your favorite part of the winter holidays below in the Comments section!
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December 5, 2011 at 12:06 pm
(1) Lowkie says:

I love snow, the reckless abandon with which people eat, and this year is my daughter’s first Yule!

December 5, 2011 at 12:58 pm
(2) Sha says:

I love being home with my parents and my little sister (I’m at school during the year, so it’s nice to have a few weeks to be at home with them), and I love when we all just hang out as a family in some random location (seriously, our best conversations are as likely to happen in the middle of the hallway, on the staircase, or even sitting on the bathroom floor as any of the more usual locations).

I love having a cheery fire going in the wood-stove in the basement, and another going in the living room wood-stove.

I love having my Mem sleep over for Christmas Eve (even though our household isn’t Christian, or indeed religious at all, we celebrate Christmas as a secular holiday, celebrating love and family and getting us through the long cold winter with some pretty lights, good food, and warm feelings).

I love sitting with my mom and watching the twinkling lights on the tree.

I love having some time to spend with my friends back home.

I love being a little kid again and getting excited over the silliest things, knowing that no matter what I can always laugh and joke around with my family.

I love having big elaborate meals (and then delicious leftovers for days) where we all sit down and eat together. And my dad hunts, and brought us home a deer, so we’ll have fresh venison this year.

Most of all it’s the family, which is nice because unlike so many of the other trappings of this time of year, I get to keep them year round (and there are plenty of occasions where the family-ness is a particular focus, so in addition to the normal family-love we have going around, there are lots of days that seem to be designed to highlight that family-love) :]

December 20, 2013 at 3:53 pm
(3) Shadow Walkers says:

Greeting brother and sisters of the dirt…

December 20, 2013 at 3:58 pm
(4) shadow walker says:

I try to learn as much about ancient religions as possible. I feel it all makes me a better person and rippls effect

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