Today is Winter Solstice, which is the day that we have the least amount of daylight, and the longest night of the year. After that, the days gradually start getting longer and the light returns. For thousands of years, people have celebrated the solstice, beginning with those in prehistoric times whose lives were tied closely to the earth. Stonehenge was built so that the sunrise during the solstice perfectly aligns with the gaps in its massive stones. Personally, although I love the four seasons, the frigidity of the winter temperatures in January and February is a bit much for me to handle. So pausing on solstice to notice the small things about the splendor of nature in winter, such as the glistening snow or the chickadee at the birdfeeder, is a much-needed reminder that beauty is found during all of the seasons.
If you’re having a solstice celebration this year, here is a citrus and ginger Winter Punch recipe from 101 Cookbooks to liven up the party!