Day 8 – 12 Days til Solstice; Soulstice A Sensual Experience

by on December 16, 2016

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Solstice and other winter holiday celebrations are getting closer.  Its a time when all our senses are engaged and we can raise our frequencies even higher.

Today’s blog has ideas for stimulating our senses as we feel joy in preparing for solstice.  We hear the sound of Yuletide music and laugher, smell the fresh evergreen and holiday spices, and see the smiles of people around us, the decorations and the wonder of nature however it is displaying itself. We feel in many different ways from the appreciation of the weather whether it is warm or cold breezes on our skin. I love the picture above by June S Russell, evolutionary and transformative photographer.  I can smell see and feel the energy of solstice in this photo.  Like this photo, We feel the texture of the items we bring out to celebrate the solstice, and we feel their energetic essence.

A lot of friends are telling me they are  also feel heightened emotions as solstice approaches.  I seem to tear up more as I read moving holiday stories or watch seasonal childrens specials, (the only TV programs I watch).  I think it connects me to my relationships with loved ones and humanities goodness.

And of course we enjoy the taste of the many treats that are available at this time of year.  What are you  planning for your feasts?  Are you going to have traditional foods or will you be adventurous and go with a menu that is made up of favorite foods that are calling you and your friends or families name

Take Care of You

Remember to pick and choose only the activities that get your passion flowing. Tune in with your 6th sense, your intuition and ask  ” What is the next thing that I would enjoy and feel good about doing?”.   Enjoy the holiday you’re creating.  In the end, it’s all about spending time with the people you love.

 

Lets start tantalizing the senses with some Solstice music videos to tingle your sight and hearing.  Connect with nature her creatures as you watch the video What Night is this? .  Sing along to Silent Night Solstice Night as you prepare some food or scents for your home.

 

Reaching Out

Here are some ideas for reaching out to share some of the solstice food and scents I’ve written about further in the blog post.

  • Invite a needy family for a holiday meal.
  • Buy groceries for a local food bank.
  • Deliver a holiday meal to someone who can no longer prepare one.
  • Bring cookies to neighbors who may not have many visitors.
  • Give sachets with seasonal solstice scents as a solstice gift.

Here are some other quick and fun ways to share the merry this season:

  • Smile and wish people Cool Yule…. Look them in the eye and let them see your joy in the season. You’ll probably get a smile in return.
  • Pay for the person behind you at the drive-thru.
  • Candy cane the cars in a parking lot.
  • Bake treats for your local police and firemen and postal carrier.
  • Ask others to share their favorite happy seasonal Memory.  Stop and really Listen, putting your total focus on them.  Thank them for sharing.  Being really heard one of the greatest gifts you can give someone.

Traditional Foods of Solstice:

These include roasted turkey, mulled wine, dried fruit, eggnog, ham, beans, gingerbread people, cookies and caraway cakes soaked in cider, fruits such as apples and pears, nuts, pork dishes, hibiscus or ginger tea, spiced cider, wassail, or lamb’s wool (ale, sugar, nutmeg, roasted apples).

Norse people celebrate Solstice with a goat since Odin, a Norse god had a chariot that rode thru the skies pulled by two goats. Scandinavian people imagined a mischievous goat spirit and in old England young men who went wassailing singing and performing plays often had a christmas goat as a character.   So goats cheese also makes a welcome addition to solstice food

Easy Nonalcoholic Wassail

2 cups cranberry juice
2/3 cup white sugar
7 cups water
3 cinnamon sticks
1 tbsp. whole allspice
1 tbsp. whole cloves
1 (6 ounce) can frozen orange juice concentrate
2 (20 ounce) cans pineapple juice
6 fluid ounces frozen concentrated fruit punch

In a large pot over medium heat, combine the cranberry juice, sugar and water. Bring to a boil and stir until sugar is dissolved. Place the cinnamon, allspice, and clove into a cheesecloth bag and tie shut. Add to the liquid and simmer 20 minutes. Remove spice bag and add fruit juices. Serve hot.

Make a Yule Log cake

I’ve included a fun video showing how to make a yule log from scratch,using Baily’s Irish Cream!  But if you’re not a baker or you want to make a quick one go to your supermarket and get a chocolate swiss roll and some twinkie like rolls and chocolate frosting and white icing in ready prepared tubes. Or for a better taste buy two chocolate swiss rolls and unroll one partly to make a ‘baby’ log.   Go to 5:45 of the video to see how to put them together and frost.  You could try adding a shot of Baily’s irish cream to the frosting to get an easier to smooth consistency.

And here’s one more recipe for a Yule log to make with children’s help

 

Heres the link for the recipe  http://eatingrichly.com/no-bake-yule-log-cake-recipe/

Christmas Spices

My friend and colleague Joy has magnificent blogs about herbs.  She lists peppermint/spearmint, ginger, cinamen and nutmeg as festive spices which help digestion.  Check out her article to see what helps which digestive issue. 

 

Christmas Scents

Solstice  scents  conjure up memories of seasons past and the fresh outdoors.   Here’s some ideas for scenting your home or for putting in sachets for giving.  Remember to appreciate the fruits of your creations.  Close your eyes and breathe.
Promise yourself more time to savor the best parts of the season and plan to have an easy and effortless smile-filled holiday in the flow.

Yule Time  Potpourri

3 sticks cinnamon
3 bay leaves
¼ cup whole cloves
½ lemon
½ orange
1 quart water

Combine ingredients and simmer in a teakettle or saucepan throughout the holidays!

Yule Potpourri: (Gerena Dunwich)
1 cup oakmoss
2 cups dried mistletoe 
1 cup dried pointsetta flowers
1 cup dried bayberries
1/2 cup  rosemary 
1/2 cup holly leaves and berries
3 crushed pinecones
20 drops musk oil
25 drops pine oil

Combine Dry ingredients first then add oils and toss gently until well blended.  Put in a gauze bag.  You can get several reasonably priced ones at the dollar store.

Winter Solstice Potpourri
1 qt. fir needles
1 C dried, mixed fruit, thinly shredded
1 C rosemary
1/2 C basil
2 to 4 bay leaves, coarsely crumbled
2 C coarse un-iodized salt
Mix and pour into little calico bags.  Makes 5 cups.

Twelve Herb Yule Sachet

7 parts Junipwe
4 parts Cinnamon
4 parts Allspice
4 parts Ginger
4 parts Caraway
2 parts Nutmeg
2 parts Rosemary
2 parts Lemon
2 parts Orange
1 part Clove
1 part Bay
2 pinches Orris

Tie up in a green cloth and give as gifts at Solstice.

Sweet Smells of Yule

2 T. whole cloves
2 bay leaves
2 cinnamon sticks
a handful of pine needles
1 -2 pieces of orange or lemon rind
2 cups water
Put all ingredients in a saucepan.  Bring to a boil and then simmer all day if you wish.  Add water as needed.  Refrigerate to reuse. You can also added cranberries to the mix!

Share

What are your favorite foods, smells, and sensual seasonal experiences?  Share them on my Gina-Dianne Harding Facebook page

References

https://www.ravenandcrone.com/catalog/article_info.php?articles_id=25

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yule_Goat

http://www.bluemountain.com/12-days-of-christmas/spiritual-blessings

Image with permission by June S Russell, Evolutionary Transformative Photographer

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