Winter solstice reading.

Winter solstice reading. A tradition at our home.

winter solstice readingYears ago, Cynthia read about a family who paused during the hectic days leading up to the ‘famous’ winter holidays. The pause was intentional, to celebrate a change in the natural world, and to engage in rest, relaxation and reading.

The family celebrated winter solstice, the shortest day and longest night of the northern hemisphere year. This year, in our community, winter solstice is on Friday, December 21. On this day, we expect daylight of approximately 9 hours and 42 minutes.

So how did this family celebrate the longest night of the year? With a cozy evening of hot chocolate and a fire in the fireplace and new books to read. A break from shopping, from noise, from moving around between school and sports and work and parties and making merry.

winter solstice readingOur family liked this idea and embraced it, adding on the tradition of bringing sleeping bags into the family room and ‘camping out’ together. Great memories from years of growing up.

With our boys now as older teens, we wonder if they will participate with us again this year.

We’re celebrating, of course. Why not? A fire and hot chocolate and a new book to read? We’re in.

Winter solstice reading. What’s up for this year?

Cynthia hasn’t yet decided on books for our boys, preferring to wait until after school is out to gauge their interests. Teenagers change, after all, week in and week out.

But for the adults, she has made her picks for this winter solstice reading. Thinking that an escape from daily work and running would be nice, she chose the books profiled below.winter solstice reading

Note that she is taking a bit of a risk by writing about her gift to Bill before he opens it. But he’s so busy she’s not sure he will read the blog anyway until after the holidays, so here she goes!

For Bill, the nature lover, Cynthia chose Tristan Gooley’s The Natural Navigator: The Rediscovered Art of Letting Nature Be Your Guide.  Here, Gooley teaches us to be more aware of our surroundings, reading nature’s clues to ascertain our path.

winter solstice readingFor herself, Cynthia chose Ultimate Journeys for Two: Extraordinary Destinations on Every Continent by Mike and Anne Howard.

Though she loves traveling with our boys, she also dreams of the adventures yet to come when boys are in college and she and Bill are on the road!

Winter solstice reading. Will you join us?

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