We just came home from a lovely solstice get together at our friends M&L's home. They hosted a wonderful party with dinner, candles, goodies, and tradition to celebrate the shortest day of light in the year, or rather the gradual return of day light after today.
Dinner was yummy Quiche, salad, and butternut squash soup. Treats included sweet bread, cake, and chocolate - including chocolate covered figs... devine.
Part of the tradition is writing down things you want to leave behind in the year - or things you wish for in the coming year and then set them aflame in the fire so that the smoke sends them up to the power(s) that be. Our hosts set out origami paper squares, pens, and pinecones for us to prep our thoughts prepare to burn. It was really interesting how much my thoughts and wishes had changed in the past year - and how different peoples pinecones looked when prepped. Mine is the one on the left, my friend D's is on the right.