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