Winter Solstice Celebration 2013 Back

Posted December 22, 2013



 “The winter solstice provides a great opportunity for our families to share the principles behind our natural lifestyle with others, especially our children. Solstice celebrations can attune our family to Nature’s cycles. And, if we’re not religious, it can provide us with an alternative celebration to share with extended family and friends who are.

Many of the religious holy days celebrated by people around the world are linked in some way to the winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere and have ancient roots in pagan celebrations. The term solstice means “sun stands still” and, indeed, this is a time when the sun appears to halt in its apparent journey across the sky. The Roman feast of Saturnalia, honoring the god Saturn, was a week-long feast that included the observance of the winter solstice. Parties took place and houses were decorated with boughs of laurel and evergreen trees, and lamps remained lit to ward off the spirits of darkness. Much visiting took place, along with gift giving, and processions of revelers took to the streets. Pagan Scandinavia celebrated a winter festival called Yule or jul. Many of our Christmas traditions were inherited from these celebrations and you can incorporate them into your own solstice celebrations...along with creating your own personal traditions.” Article courtesy

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Moroccan Spiced Chicken

with Pomegranate

Walnut Sauce

Grilled Flat Iron Steak

with Horseradish Cream Sauce

Huli Huli Barbecued Salmon

with Green Mango-Papaya Chutney

Santa Fe Corn Cakes

Topped with Avocado Salsa

Yellow and Red Tomato Caprese Toss

with Fresh Mozzarella, Sliced Red Onions and Basil

Grilled Vegetable and Creamy Havarti

Panini Bites with Sundried Tomato Pesto

and White Balsamic Vinaigrette

Pita with Edamame Hummus



Chocolate Banana Bread Puddings with Bourbon Vanilla Cream

Crème Brulee Tarts

Lemon Ginger Cheesecake Push Pops

Assorted Mini Macaroons

Cherry Crunch Crumbles

Assorted Mini Cookies

Regular and Decaffeinated Coffee, Black and Herbal Teas