Gather together on 21st December and mark the Midwinter Solstice in style. Cassandra Eason celebrates its celtic beginnings here
“Each night of December, as we move towards the turning point of the year, the winter solstice, the energies begin to rise again and we take a pause from the panic of Christmas shopping. In the old Celtic traditions, it was believed that the sun was dying and the three Grandmothers of Winter acted as midwives to bring the newborn sun into life.
December flowers are a reminder that life can still be filled with colour even on the darkest days. Honour the Mexican legend with poinsettia: the tale goes that a little boy was too poor to put a gift in the charity box on Christmas Eve, and, at that moment, a beautiful scarlet flower bloomed where his tears fell. He took it into the church and placed it before the crib. Flor de la Noche Buene, Flower of the Holy Night, is still a reminder that Christmas is about love, not material offerings.
Decorate cakes with marzipan and icing to represent the fruits, grains and riches of the Earth Mother, and follow tradition by hiding within them silver and gold charms or coins, dates and figs.
Light candles in the evenings, one for each family member as they come home on cold winter nights, including one for those who are absent or estranged. Try at least once a week in December to sit quietly in the candlelight, sharing stories of Christmases past that have since became family legends.
For more seasonal witchy tips, go to cassandraeason.com