Tonight is Winter Solstice, the longest night of the year. I'm disappointed that in the craziness of the cesarean, and a two week old baby, we did not do very much to celebrate Chanukah this year, but I'm making sure our family remembers our Winter Solstice tradition.
Each year, at dusk on the 21st, we turn out all the lights, and light a candle for each family member (now three!), plus one larger one in the middle. Then we take a few moments to reflect on the importance of our relationship to the environment and nature. Not a religous tradition, it is more of a family reminder of our obligations to honor and preserve the environment.
Also a Happy Big Eid to those who celebrate it!