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Happy Winter Solstice, everyone! Tonight we celebrate the longest night of the year and the impending return of the sun. Also known as Yule, this day is celebrated with fire, evergreens, and warm beverages. While Christmas is the big day in our house, I still like to nod towards the ancient pagan roots that we steal many of our modern holiday traditions from. This year, Andy and I are going to hang bird seed ornaments and a ball of organic cotton (for nest making) in our backyard, light a few candles, and sip some delicious wassail we conveniently found at Trader Joes. Initially, I wanted to host a big dinner for my friends, but the holiday fates have decided that cooking three Christmas dinners and hosting a Christmas Eve shindig will be enough celebrating for this year. Next year, this beautiful Solstice Celebration by Food by Mars is exactly what I would love to do.
You can click on the links above or below to see their full post. Along with recipes for home made small plates and mulled wine, you’ll find festive party recommendations like DIY evergreen wreaths to wear and deck the halls with.