The Holiday Season is often busy but winter is also the time for rest and renewal. One of my favorite ways to do this is to honor the transition of the returning of the light, or “Winter Solstice” that happens right before Christmas day.
This time of shorter days and colder nights is Mother’s Nature celebration of the returning of the light, Winter Solstice. This occurs on December 21, 2017 and is the end of a 6 month journey that Mother Earth takes announcing the arrival of winter in the Northern Hemisphere. It is a day that marks the return of the sun and of the longer days we experience in the summer Solstice that occurs in June.
During this time of the year the earth’s tilt is leaning farthest away from the sun in the Northern hemisphere delivering the shortest amount of light and the sun has its lowest arc in the sky. Even today, not unlike our ancestors we celebrate this change in various ways. Solstice celebrations are universal and important to our hearts and souls as it connects us with the rhythm of our lives. The Winter Solstice brings an end to this year. It is a time of renewal, review and birthing new possibilities for a new year.
While the cold and darkness is for some challenging, it is actually a wonderful time to experience a moving inward for reflection and renewal. I love the winter’s abundance of darkness; because I find it easier to travel within and connect to my inner essence during this time. The best way to describe why this happens can be summed up in the meaning of this beautiful ancient Sanskrit chant that explains the importance that darkness has for us. It goes like this:
“Who tells me thou art dark, oh my mother Divine, thousands of suns and moons from thy body do shine.”
It is the feminine energy that takes the form of darkness that surrounds and holds space for the light of the stars in the night sky. Dark is not scary or bad, but alive with an energy of potential, unrealized and unformed, but full of possibilities.
Aligning to this natural rhythm of the wintertime with its long dark nights, like our ancient ancestors, we connect with the mystery of all that is yet to be created in the next year. That is why creating spaces within our homes for resting, renewal and reflecting is so vital for this time. Here are some tips to make your home cozy, warm and to help you move inward for that special Winter Solstice time.
Here are some Holiday Feng Shui and Winter Solstice decorating tips to make your home cozy and warm during these cold winter days.
- Add warm colors in accents and accessories throughout the home. Red is my favorite but you can also add yellow, orange even teal, or fuchsia as they have warm undertones.
- Add layers; think of the layers of clothes we add to our bodies at this time of the year and do the same with our homes, for example, an extra rug on the floor, another throw over a favorite chair or multiple pillows on your sofa.
- Switch out your artwork to artwork that contains images of candles, lights or sunlight.
- Clean your stove and fireplaces to pump up the element of fire.
- Keep your teapot filled along with a fresh supply of teas on the countertop ready to go.
- Bring in aromatherapy in scents of pine, cinnamon, frankincense and basil in candles or through cooking.
- Plug in night lights in every room throughout the house to add a gentle continual feeling of warmth during the dark nights.
- Make a grouping of various sizes and types of candles on trays and place them in the main areas of your home. (You can use the battery operated ones as well.)
- Stack a pile of books near a comfortable chair that you can take a break throughout the day and read.
Make a fire or turn on the gas in your fireplace and bake some cookies for a warm, cozy night.