Turning Inward on the Winter Solstice

Today my family welcomed the reborn sun following the longest night. It’s always a joyous occasion. We rose before the sun, drummed, and cheered for its ascension. Then I made waffles because they’re golden and round! We would have celebrated with our grove last night, but many of us are ill so we decided toContinue reading “Turning Inward on the Winter Solstice”

Pagan Parenting: Today I Talked to my Daughter About Krampus.

My child has been a bit of a handful lately, especially in the evenings.  It’s probably a result of too many things packed into a week, fatigue, and the excitement of the holidays.  The last couple evenings have been particularly trying. In our home, we talk about Santa as a spirit of generosity and giving;Continue reading “Pagan Parenting: Today I Talked to my Daughter About Krampus.”

Keeping Solstice, Hailing the Sun, and Honoring Nature

Even though I had to work during the Winter Solstice, I made the most of it by greeting the sun from my darkened office.  I put on “Here Comes the Sun” and sang along.  It was an offering and a devotional. When the song ended, I stood in quiet contemplation at the blue sky streakedContinue reading “Keeping Solstice, Hailing the Sun, and Honoring Nature”

Winter Solstice Eve

Last year, I took a personal day on the Winter Solstice. This year, I used one for Samhain and don’t feel right asking for tomorrow given various things happening at work. I’m mildly resentful tonight as I work myself exhausted trying to make tomorrow a fun and memorable day for my family. I still haveContinue reading “Winter Solstice Eve”

Pagan Parenting: 12 Days of Solstice Chain

Three Cranes Grove is doing their annual 12 Days of Solstice-Along starting tomorrow!  Like other ADF Druids, I try to follow along in some capacity each year.  Now that my daughter is a little older and more aware, I wanted to do something different to make it very kid-friendly and also help us keep track ofContinue reading “Pagan Parenting: 12 Days of Solstice Chain”

Preparing is a Type of Ritual

We put up our Winter Solstice tree last night. My daughter was so excited. This is the first time in many years that we’ve had a large tree or used lights. The new LEDs are supposed to be better… Having a young child made us nostalgic, so my husband and I felt the tug toContinue reading “Preparing is a Type of Ritual”

On Virtual Rituals and My Own Druidry

I’m finally enjoying a somewhat lazy day today.  I slept in and have very little to do besides clean and work on some personal projects.  I did take advantage of my freedom and caught up on some grove business.  It gave me some time to reflect on what Northern Rivers Grove accomplished by offering our WinterContinue reading “On Virtual Rituals and My Own Druidry”

Pagan Parenting: The Christmas Conundrum

We’re thinking about starting to decorate our home for the Winter Solstice today.  My daughter is very excited but there’s a little confusion, too.  Excuse me while I just share some of my thoughts.  Perhaps you’ve thought similar things, or perhaps you have ideas that could inspire me.   She is now old enough toContinue reading “Pagan Parenting: The Christmas Conundrum”

Tutorial: Toddler-Friendly Paper Sun Ornaments

Blessed Winter Solstice!  I hope you spend some time tonight reflecting on the gifts of the sun – warmth, light, and energy.  I’ve been talking to my daughter about what it all means, so making sun symbols is an obvious choice for a toddler Winter Solstice craft!  These simple sun ornaments can be decorations andContinue reading “Tutorial: Toddler-Friendly Paper Sun Ornaments”