Celebrate Winter Solstice!

Happy Winter Solstice!

Solstice means the sun stands still. The winter solstice is the day when the midday sun is at its lowest point above the horizon. There’s a lot to love about these chilly winter months — an excuse to curl up inside and read a book all weekend, eat yummy warm foods, and wear big comfy sweaters, jeans and boots.

In celebration of the winter solstice, I’ve put together some fun activities for this season. So pull out those attractive puffy winter jackets and look forward to a snow day. Winter is upon us.

Get outside! Snow or not, enjoy what the season has to offer!

  • Build a snowman
  • Go sledding
  • Snowball fight
  • Ice skating
  • Skiing
  • Snow angels
  • Go on a walk
  • Bird watch – what birds are now visiting you for the winter season?

Stay inside and enjoy the darkness!

  • Sip hot cocoa
  • Cozy blankets
  • Read that book you’ve been meaning to get to
  • Warm fires
  • Family/friends game nights
  • Family/friends movie nights
  • Arts and Crafts — make paper snowflakes and decorate inside with them
  • Cooking yummy soups and stews
  • Baking breads and cookies
  • Have a candlelight dinner

Winter Solstice book suggestions (for kids):

  • The Winter Solstice, by Ellen Jackson
  • The Shortest Day: Celebrating the Winter Solstice, by Wendy Pfeffer
  • A Solstice Tree for Jenny, by Karen Shragg
  • The Winter Book, by Rotraut Susanne Berner
  • We Gather Together, by Wendy Pfeffer
  • Lights of Winter: Winter Celebrations around the World, by Heather Conrad
  • A Winter Solstice Celebration, by Didi LeMay
  • Winter Moon, by Jean Craighead George

Here are some fun links that offer other ideas for Winter Solstice activities for the kids.


2 thoughts on “Celebrate Winter Solstice!

  1. Farveh Ghafouri says:

    I enjoyed reading your posting and see your beautiful family. Thanks for sharing your experiences. Iranians have also been celebrating winter solstice for about thousand years. It’s the longest night of the year and the best time for getting together with families and friends to celebrate with food, warm conversations, and gifts for kids. I have my best memories as a child when we used to go to my granny’s house to celebrate this night. We read poems and snack on nuts (sweet and salty) and fruits of the season such as pomegranate and apples.


    • jrotz says:

      I love that your whole family gets involved with winter solstice. It sounds like a wonderful and warm tradition! I’m hoping to make a tradition to celebrate each season in some way with my girls. I think it’s a great way to reflect on the season that just passed and what comes with the next one.


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