I celebrate this day! No I'm not a modern day Druid or anything, but this day means something to me. I am just very practical about the day. It is the shortest day of the year. Tommorrow, the days will start getting longer.
The longer days will lead to gardening season.
The gardening season leads to fresh tomatoes, fresh bicolor corn, small seedless cucumbers, flat italian beans, celery leaves and spicy greens to add to salads, fresh ripe melons, zucchini, and all the minor crops.
It leads to spring bulbs that I love walking among and admiring in my backyard.
It leads to some time standing out on the deck looking at the backyard and thinking what I will do to reclaim the far parts from brambles that have gotten a bit out-of-control the past 2 years since I had a few trees removed.
It leads to the cats enjoying the outside again and running around all crazy for the shear joy of running.
It leads to thoughts of projects that will be harder than I expect but worth it after all the effort.
AND (many of you will have to just tolerate me on this), it IS the ORIGINAL "Reason for the Season". I don't say hat lightly. Just that most ancient religious beliefs have oriented around the Winter Solstice. It makes sense that "Hope Springs" when the days start to get longer and promise a new beginning.
May There Be Peace on Earth, and Good Will to All. :)