This post offers the gift of a Seasonal Living Winter Solstice Advent Calendar as my holiday gift for you!
What is the Winter Solstice
The Winter Solstice is the time of year when the length of daylight hours is at its shortest. In the northern hemisphere, this happens on or about December 21.
It is an astronomical event related to the earth’s orbit around the sun.
In 2019, the winter solstice will be exact at 11:19 pm on December 21.
When it is the winter solstice in the northern hemisphere, it’s the summer solstice down under.
What does it mean for the winter solstice to be exact?
The winter solstice is exact when one of the earth’s axis is at its maximum distance away from the sun. When this extreme position is reached, the earth’s orbit progresses to bring that pole closer to the sun. In late March, this progression will bring days into equal length as nights, the vernal equinox.
The Sun Stands Still
The word solstice translates from the original Latin as ‘sun standing still’. That is because for the three days around the time of the solstice (either winter or summer) the sun holds the same degree in the daytime sky.
At the time of the winter solstice, the sun stands still at 30 degrees south of due east at sunrise. On the morning of the winter solstice, if the sky is clear, mark where the sun rises. Then, do the same on the morning of the summer solstice. In so doing, you can see the full progression of the sun’s rise in the daytime sky through the seasons.
Here’s a nifty drawing of the seasonal migration of the sun in the daytime sky.
When you take the time to mark this progression you participate in such ancient rituals as found at Stone Henge and Newgrange. These stone monuments dating back thousands of years, were built to mark the rise of the Solstice sun.
Here’s a look at winter solstice sunrise at Newgrange.
What is an Advent Calendar
Traditionally, the advent calendar is a calendar used to count down the days in December to Christmas on the 25th. It was originally created by German Ltuerhans in the late 1800s. It comes from a much older tradition of keeping an Advent Wreath, which dates back to the 1500s.
The Advent Wreath has 4 candles set in the circle of the wreath, where each candle represents the 4 weeks leading up to Christmas in the church’s calendar (the Liturgical Calendar).
Advent Calendars for Modern Times
From these origins, Advent Calendars have been created to count up to various celebrations in December. The themes are many and diverse, and not always associated with Christmas.
The Seasonal Living Winter Solstice Advent Calendar is a booklet that offers actions and meditations to take daily from December 1st to the advent of the solstice on December 21st.
This Winter Solstice Advent Calendar also offers journal prompts to help you meet the new year with intention and clarity.
Daily Planner Page
And, it ends with Daily Planner Sheets and Project Planning Worksheets to help turn your Winter Solstice insights into living breathing manifestations of your best self.
And, a Project Planner
It’s a comprehensive document that helps you tend to your soul-self by tuning into the seasonal vibes through contemplation, planning, and loving action.
That is what it is to create your seasonal life!
16 Winter Wellness Tips and Winter Wellness Tracker
Once you’ve created a routine for welcoming the winter solstice, you’ll want to check out these 16 winter wellness tips. The post comes with a FREE Winter wellness tracker that helps you create a routine for optimal wellness all winter long!
What is Seasonal Living
Seasonal living as a lifestyle intentionally designed and curated to bring the moments of your day in alignment with nature’s time. Whether it’s time in your garden, or moments spent creating seasonal meals with local ingredients, seasonal living is slower, richer, and more grounded.
Here at Lorrie Season, we work with a seasonal living framework that rests on 4 pillars: garden, kitchen, wellness, and activism. The framework is designed to bring the healing that helps you become a healer.
Download the Seasonal Living Framework Workbook to delve deeper into creating your seasonal life!
- What is the Winter Solstice?
The Winter Solstice is an astronomical event that marks the shortest day of the year and the beginning of winter. In the northern hemisphere, this occurs on December 21st in 2019.
- What is an Advent Calendar?
An Advent Calendar is an interactive calendar originally designed to mark down the days in the liturgical calendar leading up to Christmas. In modern times, there are Advent Calendars that count down to many of the events and holidays in the month of December.
A Nature-Based Healing Meditation for Your Solstice Practice
Use this nature-based healing meditation to bring gratitude, nature, and her spirits into your Winter Solstice Seasonal Wellness practices.
It’s a simple, yet profound way to allow the planet to restore you while you experience your deepest appreciation for her bounty!
Click here or the image below to learn more.
How to Use the Seasonal Living Winter Solstice Advent Calendar
Simply download the Winter Solstice Advent Calendar and review it, page by page.
Then, keep it handy, perhaps near your morning journal, and take to the daily activities that will help you mark the days from December 1 to December 21st in gratitude, with joy and intentionality.
It’s the perfect way to gain clarity and purpose as we move into the new year and the new decade!
Let’s stay connected!!!
If you enjoy seeing life through the lens of the changing seasons, I invite you to stay connected. This is a community of activist-oriented gardeners, cooks, and nature lovers.
If you want a loving community to be a part of your seasonal life, please do anyone (or ALL!) of the following:
- Sign up for the newsletter and get my herbal teas and tisanes recipe book for FREE! Tea is always a welcome addition to any time in the kitchen.
- Join our FREE Facebook group where we’re always talking gardens and kitchens.
- Follow me on Instagram and watch the seasons unfold on my 5-acre homestead in Harpers Ferry, WV.