In our house, we honour the Winter Solstice instead of getting swept up in the commercialism and chaos associated with Christmas. It is a more simplified, nature-oriented celebration. We focus on meaningful rituals and traditions - a more authentic expression of my beliefs and values.
I honour Winter Solstice by:
- Gathering around a fire
Burning a yule log on a fire outside if the weather allows so I can stargaze too
- Welcome nature inside
A local garden centre sells a bundle of pine branch offcuts. I love to decorate the fireplace with them, filling the room with their scent
- Feast with loved ones
Sharing a beautiful meal and pausing to think about the season
- Connecting with nature
Spending time walking in nature in the day, seeking out the beauty in the depths of winter
- Honouring the light
Having some rituals to reflect on the rebirth of the sun and the return of the light.
Connecting with nature
Celebrating Yule is a way to honour and connect with nature. It represents the turning point where days begin to lengthen, symbolising the return of light and warmth. And while I love the darkness of this season, the symbolism of the light is the perfect opportunity to cultivate gratitude for all I’ve received this year.
This year, the Winter Solstice takes place on 22 December, marking the shortest day and longest night of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and I invite you to join me in embracing the beauty of darkness and the return of light.
It’s a time of deep reflection, inner stillness and celebration of the promise of brighter days ahead.
The eternal cycle of life
Yule represents rebirth, renewal and the eternal cycle of life, reminding us to find hope even in the darkest of times.
As female entrepreneurs, changemakers and visionaries, we can draw inspiration from this season to rekindle our passions, set intentions and prepare for a season of growth.
Affirmations for the Winter Solstice
Here are five themes and affirmations for you to welcome in Yule:
- Embrace the Darkness - I welcome the darkness, for within it lies the seeds of new beginnings.
- Find Inner Light - I am a beacon of light, radiating warmth and positivity even in the coldest of times.
- Release and Renew - I release what no longer serves me, making space for growth and transformation.
- Connect with Nature - I am attuned to the rhythms of the Earth, finding harmony in its cycles.
- Cultivate Gratitude - I am grateful for the lessons of the past and the opportunities of the future.
Solstice blessings to you dear one.
A gift that leaves a positive impact
Did you know I have a Print Shop? While I personally don't celebrate Christmas, you might be on the hunt for a gift that not only brings joy but also leaves a positive impact. If that's the case, I invite you to explore my Print Shop - you could discover exactly what you're wanting.
I continually expand my collection, showcasing breathtaking moments from nature that have left me in awe, captured in various corners of our beautiful island and beyond. In particular, the underwater snapshots of jellyfish, mesmerising bioluminescence displays and stunning aurora sightings get particular attention.
What sets the Print Shop apart is my commitment to sustainability. I proudly print the images at the UK's first carbon-negative lab and 10% of the proceeds from your purchase go towards supporting The Marine Conservation Society, contributing to the protection of our precious marine ecosystems around our coastline.
For an enriching and thoughtful gift that also supports a noble cause, click the link below and explore the Print Shop.
Visit Print Shop
Print Shop is an online collection of images, curated from moments in nature shot across the world.
They are printed on sustainably sourced papers at the UK's first carbon negative lab, ordered online and delivered directly to your door.
I donate 10% of the Print Shop profit to Marine Conservation Society.
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