Because we never celebrated Solstice when I was growing up I've been intimidated by the thought of adding new traditions into our holiday rotation. Now that we are becoming ever more aware of the seasons and what they provide, celebrating the sun and its increasing presence in our days reminds us of the perfect cycle of the earth. We know that our days revolve around this light, and our gardens are nourished and encouraged by its power. Armed with a dozen library books and several articles I found on-line we set forth to create our own celebration. Unfortunately Solstice morning also brought about a doctors visit for poor Amelia, and the realization that she had a double ear infection, double eye infection, and possible strep throat. This gave us all the more reason to hunker down inside and spend our time stringing popcorn and cranberries to share with the birds. Hadley helped me make a delightful dinner complete with handmade place cards and popcorn strings for decoration. The celebration was simple, and the only gifts were those for the birds, but it was rather memorable and we all agreed that we should continue our Solstice celebrating and keep learning how to make it a memorable part of our existing traditions.