I'm lucky to have a good group of people to celebrate the solstices with. We meet for both the Winter and Summer Solstices, at someone's home who is prepared to brave the assault that is our group (plus significant others and children). Winter Solstice sees people bringing along hearty pots of soup & bread and warm winter puddings to share. We gather around fire and enjoy the company of those around us. The kids are off exploring, climbing trees, chasing sheep or getting up to mischief.
The celebration starts early..usually around 4:00pm-ish because it gets dark so early and wraps up around 8-9pm, as small people are getting tired (and grumpy) by this time. Some people bring drums or other instruments to play. Others love to stoke the fire. Lots of talking goes on too, along with the odd small injury on a child from a travelling sparkler or flying ember.
Tonight's weather was perfect..clear and cold, with stars easily spotted. Perfect for a Winter Solstice celebration. And for gathering with friends!
Happy Winter Solstice!
Do you celebrate the solstices? How?