The shortest day of the year is December the 21st. In the North of the world the winter can be very long, dark and cold so on this day we celebrate the return to light! Get those candles out! We usually visit a stone circle near us. A meditation or prayer adds a spiritual dimension to the proceedings - a candle helps children to focus their attention on this if even for a short time. We return home for to the warm fire for a Solstice feast. See the Yule page
for lots of recipes.
Below are some photos from the winter Solstice 2006: