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Winter Solstice Celebration

  • Niccolls Memorial Presbyterian Church 228 Crosby Blvd. Old Forge, NY 13420 USA (map)

You are invited to celebrate the winter solstice on Friday, December 21st from 3:30 p.m - 6:30 p.m. at Niccolls Church, 228 Crosby Blvd. Old Forge. Although we’ve been experiencing winter in Old Forge since before Thanksgiving, this celebration is about solar time. According to the Farmer’s Almanac the word solstice comes from Latin sol “sun” and sistere “to stand still.” For about three days before and after the solstice the sun does appear to stand still. The Romans called the solstice the birthday of the unconquered sun, because though it appears that light will never come again, it does. The word Yule was used to mark the beginning of the solar year. Ancient people celebrated the solstice in many ways, as the rebirth of the sun cycle, as the beginning of a new year, as a time to make commitments for the future.

Why would we want to celebrate the longest night? We have an opportunity to pause in this liminal space, to still ourselves against our addiction to quickness, to not be distracted by the stress of buying Christmas presents or making this the best Christmas ever, to remember that we are at home in our world just the way it is, and that being present in the moment brings peace.

During our celebration we will be given the opportunity to write a poem, to make an intention for the coming year, to observe silence and participate in a candle lighting ritual. There will be quiet activities for all ages, including making pomanders, practicing Qi Gong and having a meal together.

3:30 Arrival and welcome

3:45-4:15 Qi Gong

4:15-5:20 You may participate in various hands on activities

5:20-5:50 Observing silence followed by Candle Lighting Ritual

5:50-6:30 Dinner

Please register by contacting Naomi at

Earlier Event: November 1
All Saints Day/Samhain Observance
Later Event: January 25
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