Many of us find meaning in marking the winter solstice – the longest, darkest night of the year that also marks the beginning of the return of light.

Since we can’t all gather for a big ceremony or bonfire this year, we’ve instead put together an audio guide and video to help you celebrate the solstice on your own or with members of your household. You can also find fun activities for families with younger kids here. 

Winter Solstice Audio Guide

You can access the audio guide on our podcast – which you can find on Apple, Spotify, or our podcasts page

Winter Solstice Video Guide

Winter Solstice Lyrics

Dark of Winter by Shelley Jackson Denham

Dark of winter, soft and still,

your quiet calm surrounds me.

Let my thoughts go where they will,

ease my mind profoundly.

And then my soul will sing a song,

a blessed song of love eternal.

Gentle darkness soft and still,

bring your quiet to me.

Darkness, soothe my weary eyes,

that I may see more clearly.

When my heart with sorrow cries,

comfort and caress me.

And then my soul may hear a voice

still, small voice of love eternal.

Darkness, when fears arise,

let your peace flow through me.

 

Evening Breeze / Ancient Mother 

Evening Breeze, spirit song

Sings to me when the day is done 

Mother Earth awakens me 

With the Heartbeat of the Sea 

(Repeat) 

Ancient Mother I hear you calling

Ancient Mother I hear your song 

Ancient Mother I feel your laughter 

Ancient Mother I taste your tears 

(Repeat)

Deck the Halls

Deck the halls with boughs of holly

Fa la la la la, la la la la 

‘Tis the season to be jolly

Fa la la la la, la la la la

Don we now our gay apparel

Fa la la la la, la la la la 

Troll the ancient Yuletide carol

Fa la la la la, la la la la

 

See the blazing yule before us

Fa la la la la, la la la la 

Strike the harp and join the chorus

Fa la la la la, la la la la 

Follow me in merry measure

Fa la la la la, la la la la 

While I tell of Yuletide treasure

Fa la la la la, la la la la 

 

Fast away, the old year passes

Fa la la la la, la la la la 

Hail the new, ye lads and lasses

Fa la la la la, la la la la 

Heedless of the wind and weather

Fa la la la la, la la la la

Thank you to the Foothills Earth Based Path, Family Ministry, and music team for making these guides possible.

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