After finding Wicca, I struggled to find ways to celebrate the Sabbats. Even though I grew up in a Christian household, holidays were not big events. I wanted to change that tradition, but I wasn’t sure what to do. Over the years, I have tried a lot of different things. Some were great, and some flopped. I want to share with you my top five ideas for celebrating Litha.
Host a Litha Celebration
I love to cook and host parties both big and small. And to be honest, my family never misses a chance to eat. This year, one of my goals is to spend more time as a family cooking. My Grandmother passed away several years ago. I am not sure why, but I find myself thinking of her more and more lately. I would give anything to spend one more day in the kitchen with her. So this Litha, I want everyone in the kitchen to help prepare the meal.
I plan to make peanut butter cookies and tea cakes. We are having a salad made with vegetables from the garden. The main course is still being negotiated. (The last suggestion was waffles….Not my idea.)
Bonfires are a traditional celebration for Litha. At one time, bonfires were associated with warding off evil spirits, death and winter. If you have the space or a fire pit, lighting a fire might be the perfect way to celebrate the shortest night of the year.
Participate in a Local Event
Even if you do not have a local metaphysical shop, check for local events. We live in a very conservative area, but there are two Solstice events close to us.
When looking for local events, I would begin with Witchvox. Witchvox was created in 1997. To my knowledge, it is the largest listing of Circles, events, shops and more. I have had quite a bit of success using it in the past.
If there are no local events on Witchvox, check with your local park or wildlife refuge. A wildlife refuge here hosts events for every full moon, solstice and equinox. Not everyone who attends is Pagan, but everyone is there to celebrate nature.
If there are no local events there either, check with your local library. As I have mentioned in the past, I love libraries. My librarians are very accepting and welcoming. If your local libraries are not hosting anything either, check with your local health food stores. A health food store nearby is hosting an educational series this Solstice.
Go Camping and Connect with Nature
I have to credit this idea to one of my friends. She and her family are currently on a week long camping trip. They purchased a new tent and are truly getting back to nature. Personally, I prefer glamping to camping. I spent one night in a tent in high school. It was my first and last time. I love nature, but I need a bed or recliner. Luckily, a relatively close State Park offers cabin rentals. They are better suited to my family’s idea of roughing it.
If you aren’t ready to invest in a family vacation, it is still fun to visit local state parks and Wildlife Refuges for a day trip. We are lucky enough to live within an hour drive of five different protected areas.
Please be sure to follow the park rules and guidelines. Most parks have a visitor or education center. At one point, photographers were wrecking havoc at a local refuge. Evidently, they thought the pollinator gardens were perfect for photo shoots. The staff resorted to putting up yellow caution tape to protect the flowers. Always try to leave no trace.
Do Something for Someone Else
This Litha, we are donating to our local animal shelter. It is kitten season, and they are overrun with surrendered animals. Over the past couple of months, I purchased a few extra cases of cat food when shopping. We plan to drop them off on Saturday. It isn’t much, but I truly believe that every bit of kindness matters.
Spend Time Gardening
It is still not too late to start a summer garden. It might be the perfect time to start an herb garden on your kitchen window sill. Basil, oregano and parsley are perfect for the kitchen.
If you want to start a container or traditional garden, check out my 5 Must Have Plants for Your Litha Garden. We are heading into the harvest Sabbats. There is still plenty of time to start growing a vegetable or two.
If you don’t want to commit to plants of your own, see if there is a community garden nearby. The community gardens at our local schools are always looking for volunteers. If you don’t know of a local community garden, check with your local Master Gardeners Association. They are always looking for volunteers and potential members.
I hope that these suggestions give you ideas for celebrating Litha with your family. Please leave me a comment below to let me know how you spend the Solstice.