Today marks the winter solstice, the shortest day and the longest night of the year. The winter solstice was viewed by some ancient cultures as a time of death and rebirth, the beginning of the solar year, and the rebirth of the Sun. While we no longer worry about the return of the sun, many people still use this time to reflect on the past year and circle of time. The winter solstice tends to get lost in the bustle of the holiday season, but it’s a great time to slow down, relax, connect with family and friends, and reflect on what’s important in your life.
Here are some ways to celebrate the solstice and keep that warm feeling going throughout the long nights of winter:
• Borrow one of our puppet kits and have a story time with your kids or put on a show.
• Have a family game night with a board game from the library’s catalog.
• If it’s too cold and dark to go outside, why not craft?
• Make a winter feast!
• Practice the Danish concept of hygge (loosely translated to “coziness”).
Of course, the library is full of books, DVDs and music for you to enjoy, but when the weather outside is frightful and you’d rather stay inside, check out Overdrive and Hoopla for your digital books, music, and movies (and new to Overdrive, magazines!).
If you’ve already had enough of cold temperatures and dark skies, take heart: we may see a mere nine hours and fifteen minutes of daylight today, but the daylight hours only get longer from here!