The winter solstice is December 21, and with it comes the shortest day and the longest night of the whole year. Since the winter solstice occurs in the middle of the holiday (and is initially a traditional pagan holiday), some people may not remember to celebrate it. But if you decide to meet up with friends to celebrate the occasion, there are tons of winter solstice recipes to keep you warm and saturated while also celebrating the astronomical holiday.
Winter solstice is traditionally celebrated as a symbol of the changing seasons and of the Earth’s “rebirth”, so to speak, so that the traditional meals that accompany winter solstice have an emphasis on the Earth itself with a focus on nuts, berries, spices, squash, potatoes and hunted wild like goose and deer.
Now, no one expects you to hunt a deer for your winter solstice meal, but a few earth-focused recipes will definitely do the trick – not to mention some hot drinks to get you through this cold winter night. Winter solstice, if you choose to celebrate it, should be spent with friends and family, as what you choose to serve during the meal itself is less important than the company. That said, here are ten easy winter solstice recipes you can make for the longest night of the year.