Celebrating Winter Solstice / Yule

Usually December 22.

Winter solstice is the shortest day and the longest night of the year. Traditionally, it is a time of both foreboding and expectancy, as the longest night leads to the return of the sun. “Solstice” in Latin means “the sun standing still.”

The Winter Solstice has become important to both humanists and pagans, who can find common ground in celebrating this occasion. Themes can include light amid darkness; the death of nature and the cycle of life; the darkness just before the dawn; the miracle of every birth.

Faith Without Borders

For everything there is a season—a time to die and a time to be born. With the arrival of winter’s low dark sky, communities around the world look to the miracle of light as a sign of rebirth and a source of hope. We celebrate the promise of new life and recommit ourselves to the protection of everyone’s right to his or her own radiant humanity.

Celebrating the winter holidays is an excellent opportunity for Unitarian Universalist congregations to express their commitment to our Sixth Principle: We covenant to affirm and promote the goal of world community with peace, liberty and justice for all. See Sixth Principle Resources for winter holidays.

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  • You Are the Holiday Miracle (WorshipWeb)
    By Gwen Matthews
    Tagged as: Christianity, Earth-Centered, Hope, Judaism, Love, Mystery, Paganism, Reverence, Tradition, Winter

Chalice Extinguishing

  • Hope Continues (WorshipWeb)
    By Kevin Jagoe
    Tagged as: Despair, Fall, Hope, Winter, Worship, WorshipWeb

Chalice Lighting

  • As the Wild Wind Bites (WorshipWeb)
    By Ben Soule
    Tagged as: 3rd Principle (Acceptance & Spiritual Growth), Challenge, Community, Earth-Centered, Integrity, Relationships, Winter
  • Chalice Lighting for Winter Solstice (WorshipWeb)
    By Sharon Wylie
    Tagged as: Balance, Earth, Earth-Centered, Nature
  • Come We Now Out of the Darkness (WorshipWeb)
    By Annie Foerster
    Tagged as: Despair, Earth-Centered, Hope, Hospitality, Nature, Shadow, Spirituality, Transformation, Winter
  • In the Bleak and Cold Winter (WorshipWeb)
    By Cynthia Landrum
    Tagged as: Commitment, Community, Earth-Centered, Faith, Friendship, Hope, Journey, Kindness, Love, Relationships, Winter
  • In This Small Flame Dwell (WorshipWeb)
    By Jean L Wahlstrom
    Tagged as: Acceptance, Community, Family, Friendship, Generations, Home, Journey, Love, Power, Transformation
  • New Light (WorshipWeb)
    By Charles A. Howe
    Tagged as: Birth, Calling, Grace, Growth, Healing, Hope, Listening, Love, Truth, Vision
  • Winter Solstice Chalice Lighting (WorshipWeb)
    By Ariel Hunt-Brondwin
    Tagged as: Hope, Love, Purpose, Unitarian Universalism, Winter
  • The Nights of Midwinter (WorshipWeb)
    By DC Fortune
    Tagged as: Earth-Centered, Hope, Judaism, Mystery, Winter, Wonder

Fireside Stories Tales for a Winter's Eve

By Caitlin Matthews, Helen Cann

Fireside Stories

Aisha's Moonlit Walk Stories and Celebrations For the Pagan Year

By Anika Stafford
From Skinner House Books

A fictional modern-day family celebrates eight pagan holidays over the course of a year.

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