The kids and I made luminaria to celebrate winter solstice--I like to bring in the light to remind us all that it will return, same as always. These ancient rituals make a lot of sense to me. Since the solstice occurs at 12:30 am on the 22nd, I'm not quite sure if Wednesday night is the longest night, or Thursday night. We decided to play it safe and light our luminaria both nights.
In actuality, they will be lit most of the winter, or else other candles will be lit--I like to have a centerpiece of candlelight when the evenings are dark and cold.
Directions on how the kids and I made these (with two versions, one for younger kids and one for older, both very easy) can be found here.
Happy Winter Solstice to my fellow northern hemisphere dwellers! Here comes the sun... (no, really!!)