Two days ago we celebrated the shortest day of the year, the Winter Solstice. We’ve been talking about transitioning from a Christmas-celebrating household to making Solstice the main event. Neither of us is attached to a Judeo-Christian religion, but we both deeply respect nature and its rhythms and cycles. What I envision is celebrating Solstice with a feast and opening presents, and saving gifts from grandparents and other Christmas-celebrating relatives for Christmas day. A lot of the customs are the same: red and green, evergreen and holly and mistletoe, and putting up a tree to celebrate the return of the Sun and its importance to the Earth.

So we started small this year with Maggie opening a present from us.

She enjoyed the paper immensely.

And used her brand new teeth to help shred it.

But in the end she found her Boomerings quite tasty indeed. We’ll use them to help teach Maggie counting and color concepts but in the meantime they make a delicious rattle.

Happy Solstice and Merry Christmas to all!