People, don’t believe the hype! KNOW that we can create our own rituals/celebrations. Right from the ground up. As for me I like a mix of traditional and contemporary.
Here are some resources that can help:
Jumping the Broom (2nd edition): http://www.amazon.com/Jumping-Broom-Second-Edition-African-American/dp/0805073299/ref=pd_sim_b_1?ie=UTF8&refRID=026T59D0PCE36G4TAHC6
The Nubian Wedding Book: http://www.amazon.com/The-Nubian-Wedding-Book-African-American/dp/051770501X/ref=pd_sim_b_3?ie=UTF8&refRID=1PMD4AET4E6ATZC0CHMK
Alternative Weddings: http://www.amazon.com/Alternative-Weddings-Essential-Creating-Ceremony/dp/0878339779
Sacred Ceremony: http://www.amazon.com/Sacred-Ceremony-Officiate-Personalized-Ceremonies/dp/145649144X
Weddings from the Heart: http://www.amazon.com/Weddings-Heart-Contemporary-Traditional-Unforgettable/dp/1573248614
Joining Hands & Hearts: http://www.amazon.com/Joining-Hands-Hearts-Intercultural-Celebrations/dp/0743436989
Offbeat Bride: http://www.amazon.com/Offbeat-Bride-Creative-Alternatives-Independent/dp/1580053157
Designate it “quiet time” for a few days. Why not try playing cards/board games, go on a nature walk, drive around to see lights, light a tree in your house/yard, have a special meal, exchange a few small gifts, do one or two crafts etc. Unplug from phones, computers as much as possible. It can b done. While you (adults) fast why not have your children give up one or two food items every year until they reach an age where they can fast too. This is all quiet-ish stuff that children won’t get bored from. Get creative and develop your own family tradition. P.S.- Get your family (children included) in the habit of decluttering around solstice time. Take the children through their toys, clothes, shoes and give away things they don’t need/use.
Here are some more cool ideas:
What does your family do?
Folks, our family uses these for bathing. Ooooh! OMG. I LOVE ’em!!! Our skin is so soft from using them. They definitely take away the dead skin (which wash cloths don’t do). You may want to try them too.
The winter solstice is an ideal time to unplug, clean/declutter our homes, meditate, fast, burn that frankincense & myrrh and catch up on sleep. Some decorate their homes with trees & lights. Some families feast and exchange gifts. These add a soft celebratory feel to things. Sweet!! Ever heard of Karest Mas? I’m just getting hip to it. I likey! You celebrate anywhere between Dec.21 and Dec.25. Dr. Nteri Nelso talks about the celebration: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40b90u6oVgM https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lkJVkDo8R8w To find out more read the book: http://www.amazon.com/Kemetic-Karest-Celebration-Terri-Nelson/dp/0965960021