I would like to wish everyone a magical Winter Solstice! I woke up a little early today to welcome the sun as it rose in Northern NY. The sky, once dark, lightened. I watched as the sun gilded the tree outside my window. I slipped out of bed and went outdoors with an offering of wine for the reborn sun, thanking it for its warmth and light. Last night, before bed, we made offerings of cookies to the sun, Santa, and our maternal ancestors. Weretoad, Bee, and I made the cookies using sun, snowflake, and star cookie cutters. The latter was actually an heirloom passed down for generations. After everyone was up, we shared gifts, sang, danced, and had a meal of homemade waffles and local syrup. We will spend the rest of the day having fun. Later, we’ll reflect more on the light and dark. I hope everyone finds hope and joy in the sun’s light. With so much negativity in the world, we have to focus on our own lights and cultivate them to make a difference in our own, small ways.