As you probably all know, I just had a baby. And it is amazing, and tiring, and amazing, and tiring. Baby Moon brings so much joy to my life I can barely stand it but as many of you also probably know having a baby is not cheap, especially when you have to buy lots of formula and diapers.
Well, this can be particularly difficult around the holidays. I want to spend a bunch on my family and friends, even myself a little, but I just can’t.
And there’s no reason for me to feel guilty about that.
What I can do is spend my love on those I care about and remember the spiritual side of the holidays, particularly Solstice. It’s not about gifts, it really isn’t, and these little things you can do can help you feel the spirit without breaking your bank (which might already be empty like mine).
::Care and Cost Free Winter Solstice Activities::
When you’re exhausted but have just a bit of something to give, why not give where it really matters. Give money to something you support, or if you don’t have money but have time, volunteer at a shelter, soup kitchen, or charity over the holiday weekend. The Solstice is about remembering the light, so pay it forward and create a little light yourself.
Create a Holiday Play List
Music is always amazing, especially during the winter season. There aren’t as many Yule songs available but you can find some and you can even enjoy some secular Xmas favorites. Songs can even be a great meditation aid, plus you can sing with the intent of magick and create a little ritual right in that moment. Look up some ‘Yule songs’ or ‘Winter Solstice Music’, and see what you find. So curl up with your family, enjoy some cocoa or eggnog, and listen to songs that help you remember to feel the light return this Solstice.
As the sun goes down on Solstice, think of the things you can leave behind. Think of this act as a metaphor for the past exiting. Meditate with the intent to leave what doesn’t serve you and welcome all the new joy to be had as the Sun returns. Get excited, motivated. This is a time of possibilities and a chance to make some powerful “beginning” magick.
You’ve made it through another year, another dark time of the wheel, and you’re stronger for it. Rejoice and reflect.
Share stories of family, magick, love, and kindness. Look for stories of the Solstice, tales for children, and those myths we’ve come to love as adults. Tell the tale of the Oak King and the Holly King. Recite the traditions we have on Solstice. Find an Xmas favorite and change it to fit your own Goddess or Pagan tradition. You can even try it with A Christmas Carol or The Night Before Christmas. Pick the same stories each year, make it a tradition. You can also tell stories of the past year’s memories, good and bad, you can reflect as a family. You can tell of Solstices’ past.
And stories aren’t just in books. If you want, watch some of your favorites next the the fire or a glowing candle.
Enjoy the Lights
Take a drive with the fam and look at all the lovely decorations. Sit under your own tree or festive lights in the dark and watch the twinkling magick. Stare at the beautiful night sky outside in cozy blankets or from the warmth of your home.
Whatever you choose to do this Solstice, the most important thing is to remember what it is all about: Love, Light, Family, New Beginnings, and the Rebirth of the Sun.