Tomorrow is the Summer Solstice, the day when the sun hangs out as long as he can.
After tomorrow, his curfew's going to be set earlier and earlier every day, until he's sent to bed before we even have a chance to start cooking dinner (that's right: the early weeks of December have us in the dark by 3:30 p.m.).
Come the Winter Solstice, he's well-enough behaved and is allowed to stay out later every day.
Tomorrow he's at his prime. He's on his best behavior.
I've always wanted to 'recognize' the Summer Solstice in some way. Even though I'm not a Pagan (and I don't have any Scandinavian or Swedish descent: nationalities that celebrate the solstice), I am very happy on Summer Solstice. I love the sun and I understand its incredible value (as much as my brain can comprehend, anyhow). I like that it gets dark pretty much right before my bedtime. Tomorrow always seems like the (pleasantly) longest day of the year (so much time!).
So what do I do? I've read some suggestions for personal rituals: they involve making circlets and rings, or solstice water (water that sits out in a gold bowl during the early morning), etc.
But I'm not really interested in that. I want something a little more, well, me.
There are some rituals that are centered around a fire (the fire being symbolic of the sun).
Now, fire's more up my alley.
I think I'll at least start my plan with having a campfire tomorrow night.
Do you have any better ideas? (No, really. I'm on the look-out for something awesome.)
Are you doing anything to celebrate the Summer Solstice?