Monday, December 5, 2011

Celebrating the Winter Solstice, Aspen Style ~ Guest Post by Jessica Aspen

Growing up it took me a while to realize no one else in the neighborhood celebrated the Winter Solstice. As a Unitarian Family we were the oddballs anyway. We didn’t have to go to church if we didn’t feel like it, and when we did we were just as likely to learn about wildlife and sing protest songs as we were to learn about religion. At my house we had a tree, but didn’t go to services on Christmas and on the night of the Winter Solstice, we celebrated.

Maybe it was because of the Yule Log shape, maybe it was because it was cheap and wasn’t turkey or ham, but for some reason we traditionally have meatloaf for the Winter Solstice. Every year the delicious scent of my mom’s ketchup covered meatloaf would fill the air on the Winter Solstice and my heart would soar with anticipation. Not just because of the yummy food we would eat, but also because we would dance and sing Christmas songs and get to open the smallest present under the tree.

As an adult I’ve carried on the tradition for my own family. We still have meatloaf and sing songs, but we also light the Winter Solstice candles. One red and one green for the Lord and Lady of Winter. We talk about the dying of the light and the rebirth of the sun. And we still open a present. Some years we’ve gone to the local Unitarian Church and celebrated by walking the labyrinth and chanting with fellow solstice celebrants, but most years we just dance on our own.

My sisters and brother still have meatloaf every year too. They’ve all added their own twists to the Solstice Celebration, but one thing stays the same. Whether it’s a ground turkey meat loaf or Textured Vegetable Protein, ketchup still tops the traditional loaf. And everyone gets to open a present.

Jessica Aspen writes paranormal romance near the foothills of the Colorado Rockies. Her books are full of elves, were-wolves and sexy men who walk on the dark side of the knife. She loves dark chocolate, walking the dog, hiking and is obsessed with her new lap-top. Jessica is also obsessed with writing and learning about writing. She is a member of RWA, CRW, FF&P and PRO. Her debut sensual paranormal novella, Little Red Riding Wolf, comes out February 18, 2012 from Passion in Print Press.

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Little Red Riding Wolf-a sensual paranormal novella coming out February 18th, 2012
from Passion in Print Press


Carole St-Laurent said...

Hi Jessica,

Solstices are milestone during the year. I like the winter one because that's when the days slowly become longer.

shah wharton said...

Winter is magical. IT can be both ugly and beautiful, the cold can cause a painful chill and the need to snuggle up, and the snow can keep be a major threat or mean we're locked in together, unable to leave. Through inconvenience, it can mean we are forced to reconnect with those we love, whether we are comfortable with it or not. For Brits especially, thats a good thing. We are not naturally inclined to intimacy. :D Therein lies the magic. X

Anonymous said...

Thanks Carole. I agree, it's always nice when the days get longer. The winter holiday's help alleviate the winter blahs.

Anonymous said...

Hi Shah,
I never really thought about how nice it is that winter forces us to snuggle up. I do however think about not snugging when it is hot in the middle of July. It's frigid today out in Colorado, and I can tell you, I'll be looking forward to some snuggling!

Sheila Deeth said...

Just added the solstices to my homemade calendars.

Anonymous said...

Homemade calendars are a lovely idea, do you have the cycles of the moon on yours? It's nice to have both the sun cycles as well as the moon cycles so you know when all the holidays occur!

Erin O'Riordan said...

Jessica, thank you for being my guest yesterday. It was a lovely post.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for having me on Erin.
You have a great site! Thanks,also,to everyone who left a comment. :)