The winter solstice marks the shortest day of the year and is happening this year on December 21. Since ancient times, this celestial event has been celebrated to honor nature, the transition of the seasons, and set positive intentions for the year ahead.
There are many traditions and rituals surrounding the winter solstice to choose from, but my favorite is the orange garland. Orange slices symbolize the sun (which becomes more present after the solstice when the days grow longer) and stimulate love, prosperity, and a sweet & happy life. By adding other botanical elements, your garland can take on even more meaning. You can mix and match almost any flowers, fruits, and herbs you desire. There are also so many ways you can design your garland to suit your style so be creative, get the littles involved, and start a fun, new holiday tradition for your home!
- 3-5 oranges, sliced
- Parchment paper
- Natural fiber twine or fishing line (depending on the look you prefer)
- Extras: Cinnamon sticks, whole cranberries, rosemary or evergreen sprigs, star anise pods
What everything symbolizes:
Orange: Love & prosperity
Cinnamon: Spiritual connection & abundance
Cranberry: Healing, grounding, & connecting to the feminine
Rosemary: Purification & protection
Evergreen: Fertility & longevity
Star anise: Good luck
How to Make It
Slice oranges into rings and place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Place in 200 degree or less (warm) oven for 2-4 hours until oranges are dry, but not browned.
String the oranges and other botanicals at regular intervals along desired length of twine. It may be helpful to tie small knots at the beginning and end of each item to ensure it stays in position when hung. Tie loops at each end if you intend to hang your garland horizontally. Tie a loop on one end and a knot on the other if you intend to hang it vertically.
Some great places to hang these garlands are near an entrance, on a mantle, or in a kitchen window. Find the perfect spot, hang your masterpiece, & enjoy the natural energy it brings into your home!