Winter Solstice Rituals from Around the World

Winter Solstice Rituals from Around the World | California Psychics

Winter Holiday Nostalgia

No holiday season brings out family traditions like this time of the year. From the music that is playing everywhere we go, to the decorations, to foods we enjoy, there is something special about this time of year and how it triggers our following of traditions that have been passed down through generations.

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What is the Winter Solstice?

As we come to the end of the year, those of us in the Northern Hemisphere will be looking forward to the winter holiday season, with many people celebrating the Winter Solstice, or Yule. The Winter Solstice marks the longest night, the return of the sun, the start of winter, and falls anytime between December 21 December 24.

This is a time of piercing the darkness, not just around us, but also within ourselves. Winter allows for a deeper kind of introspection and it isn’t something that should be ignored or brushed over. Our modern lives are jam packed, and unlike in the past when fewer daylight hours meant more free time spent with friends, family, learning new skills, etc. we have a tendency to mindlessly move through this time of year. Let this be the year that the mold is broken, and that insight becomes one of our key words.

Winter Solstice Traditions and How to Celebrate Them

If I were to discuss every winter holiday tradition, we would be here until next year! Here are a few to get you thinking.

Yule Log

Originally an entire tree was used! The largest end of the ‘log’ would be placed in the hearth while the rest of the tree kind of jutted out into the room. You couldn’t just light the Yule log though, even that had traditions attached to it. Firstly, it was to be lit by someone with clean hands. Second, is that it would be lit from the remains of the previous year’s log, that had been kept safe all year.

Since not everyone has a fireplace anymore, a new type of Yule Log has come about, the cake version. Made of chocolate sponge cake and filled with a mousse or cream, the ‘log’ is covered in chocolate and decorated to look like an actual wooden log!

Decorating a Tree

This is a familiar tradition to many people. When my girls were little, we would do two trees, one inside decorated with traditional ornaments, and an outside one that we decorated with edible ornaments for the wildlife that roamed through our yard. It was a beautiful way to not only decorate but to reflect on how we are all connected.

Listening to Music

Music sets the mood like nothing else can. Perhaps it is an album that you play first every wintertime that helps to set the tone for the upcoming activities. We are particularly fond of the holiday albums from the Christmas Revels. For us, we know that it is truly Yule when we hear the song Kol Slaven. When I see the sparkle in the eyes and smiles of my family, I know that the holiday spirit has arrived.

Creating and Burning a List of What Needs to be Released

The end of the year is quickly approaching and before long we will be making New Year’s Resolutions, but how can we do so if we don’t reflect on what we achieved and where we hit blockages? Write your list of what stood in your way to happiness and balance. Maybe it’s always saying yes to other people when you are already overloaded. If that is the case perhaps write down: Making myself too available to others.

When you have your list and have really focused on what you wrote and what you want to see changed, burn the list and scatter the ashes. Be careful and have a fireproof bowl on hand.


This is a Scandinavian tradition that involves lighting candles. Starting six weeks before Yule, a candle is lit each week while a poem is read. Time gazing into the candle is also part of this tradition as a form of fire scrying. The candle is then snuffed out until the following week when it and a fresh candle are now lit.

The Rising of the Solstice Sun at Newgrange

It’s a long-standing tradition for many to gather at Newgrange in Co. Meath, Ireland every year to watch the sun rise on the Winter Solstice, where a neolithic passage tomb stands. Why would you spend the solstice here? As the sun rises, for a few minutes each year, the sun shines directly into the tomb thanks to what is known as a roof box, and every year several people are allowed into the tomb to experience it. Due to COVID-19, the annual Winter Solstice event has been cancelled in the interests of public safety, but that doesn’t mean that the highly significant and beautiful even will go unwitnessed this year. The Office of Public Works will stream the event from inside the tomb from their website so that the entire world will get to experience it this year.

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Make Your Own Rituals for the Holidays

This is such a magical and unique time of year with dozens upon dozens of rituals, rites, and traditions that could be integrated into your longstanding ones. May you and your loved ones have a peaceful and magical holiday!

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