The season officially changes today to wintertime with the Winter Solstice celebration. This marks the beginning of our snowbird season. Tonight our friends meet at a home and gather around the fire pit. We draw a card from a deck. The host has a different deck and he draws out a card from his deck. Whoever has the matching card picks a gift and then the next person can choose to take a gift from someone else or pick a new gift. The gifts are sometimes very nice ones, but most of the time they are gag gifts or something really unusual. Sometimes you end up going home with what you brought. There is laughter and a whole year of stories to tell.
The party has all of the usual party favorites, food and drinks. There is soft music and dance music, but mostly it is a celebration of the season. We have a mild seasonal change here in Florida at wintertime with cooler temperatures in the daytime and at night. It can get quite cold here in Central FL in January and February. It is often a wet and windy cold.
For us, the Winter Solstice is not so much about winter spirits, frost, snow, sleet, ice and frigid temperatures. It is more about the return of folk from up north. The snowbird friends are back for the season and there is a sense of joy and happiness in meeting these people again. The streets are busier and the community has a temporary growth. Reuniting and spiritually reconnecting with old friends and knowing that they are safe and healthy brings us a sense of peace and pleasure. The return of the snowbirds, who stay from winter till spring, is the primary cause for our celebration. We are glad to see them return, year after year.
However you celebrate the coming of the winter season in your community, I wish you joy!
Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Have a Happy Holiday season !
We will be celebrating Christmas with my daughter and her family and my stepson on Sunday. Then, we are off to Naples to visit more family and play on the boat while a friend house sits for us and tends to the dogs, cat, and bird.
I will not be posting next week, but may be checking your posts and making some comments via the iPad.