The Shortest Day

When the dark winter is over, and the sunlight is returning, Norwegians like to celebrate with Solboller or “sun buns”. My girls and I enjoyed making these to celebrate the Winter Solstice which is next Monday the 21st. They look just like the sun (which I can’t wait to start seeing more of after next week) peeking over the horizon.

The poem in “The Shortest Day” is written by Susan Cooper, which has been used in theater productions to welcome the winter solstice and Yuletide Season for almost 40 years. Carson Ellis’ illustrations depict solstice celebrations dating back to native peoples and through the centuries to present day. The solstice has always been a time for celebration as the days begin to lengthen again, symbolizing rebirth. There is a note from the author in the back which gives more information about the winter solstice and may be used as a springboard for more in-depth exploration.

Do you have anything fun planned for the Winter Solstice?

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