The word solstice derives from Latin sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still).
The shortest day or the longest night of the year. The winter solstice occurs at the instant when the Sun's position in the sky is at its greatest angular distance on the other side of the equatorial plane from the observers hemisphere.
This is a special salt dough ornament that our friend Katie made for us last year. It is two sided with the sun on one side and a dark spiral on the other side. You keep the dark side facing out until Solstice and then you flip it around. Symbolic of the light returning, and the gratitude for both the darkness and the light on this sacred turning day.