Friday was the winter solstice, which is my favorite day of the year. We burned a Yule log and ate a lovely meal.
The Yule log was decorated with offerings for prosperity and health in the new year, including a pepper for a good garden, an egg shell for our poultry, and part of an envelope from a holiday card with wishes for the health and happiness of our friends and family.
We soaked that envelope bit in scotch, because it's nice to have whiskey around too.
Tradition (according to the internet) says to light this year's Yule log with bits of last year's. So, we threw in the charred remains of the last log.
And, once it caught, added our new log - part of a peach tree that blew down in a storm this summer.
For dinner we had a mostly homegrown meal. This made us feel especially powerful and mighty to be able to eat food we grew even on the darkest day of the year. Sausage from our chickens, potatoes from our garden and a salad of lettuce and two types of radishes harvested that day from our cold frame.
I hope you all had a lovely solstice and are enjoying the returning light!