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
- 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.