Over the past few years, Kyle and I have made a lot of new traditions for our Solstice celebration. It was fun to recreate those. We leave the lights and electronics off. We enjoy homemade cinnamon rolls for breakfast.
We go on a solstice day walk. This year Sora opted for a family ski instead. This is the third time we've been skiing this year, but the first with Kyle. It's definitely one of those great things we get to do often because we live at camp. Sora is getting better and better and she has an amazing attitude!
We looked for animal tracks in the snow. We found a lot of squirrel, rabbit, mice, and even deer!
We also stopped at the sled hill for a little family sled. Then we went home and decorated our solstice tree. We put a bunch of food on it for the animals (popcorn, cranberries, dried fruit, bird seed) as well as a bunch of these stars to represent the sun.
After that, we open presents. We try to focus on homemade presents. Sora got a doll to color,
a fort building kit (where we read a bunch of books)
these cool moveable walls with chalkboards on two sides and a magnetic surface on one side (we made a puppet theater, wrote messages on the chalk board and with the moveable words, and played with the color blocks),
and a bunch of new doll clothes for her doll. Sora posed the doll all over the house and had a photo shoot with her.
Sora made both of us painted travel mugs at the pottery store (we both took her to the same store without realizing it and we both picked out the same thing for each other)!
Kyle made some delicious fish tacos for lunch.
After lunch, Sora helped me make cupcakes.
We sang a happy solstice song and enjoyed our cupcakes.
Our evening was spent reading, playing games, and making up a lot of solstice songs and dances. I think my favorite was "I gave the sun my dad" and "Sun please come back tomorrow".