Without dark, there’d be no light. Our planet moves, revolves around and lives to the very rhythm of nature, the solar system and everything around it. We follow the sun, depend on its warmth and energy, and often fear its disappearance. To many, winter isn’t exactly their favorite season. Not only because of the cold it brings, but also due to its short days and many hours of darkness. With the Solstice series, we’re trying to invite you indoors and look at the bright side: create your own light in the dark.
Here in Amsterdam, we’ve already begun to notice. Despite a beautiful Indian summer, with many record-breaking, hot days in September, autumn’s arrived. The sun has rises later and sets sooner. The days of short skirts, bikini’s and ice-cream eating at the beach (though it’s never too cold for ice-cream!) are behind us, and ahead are the traditions of Halloween, Sinterklaas and Christmas. Those are the months that give us the chance to enjoy the comforts of home – and appreciate it even more. Leave the garden be, light some candles and snuggle, cuddle and nest yourself on the couch with a big cup of tea, your favorite book and one of our comfy plaids hugging you.
The solstice has many different meanings across the globe. It’s often associated with rebirth, celebrated with rituals and special gatherings. Think of the Stonehenge in England and Newgrange in Ireland, of which both these monuments have been carefully aligned to the winter solstice sunrise and sunset. To this very days, people go there to pick up the special energy that is claimed to be felt there.
Scandinavian and Germanic people of Northern Europe celebrated the winter solstice with a midwinter fest – 12 days of holiday called ‘Yule’ (also called ‘Jul’) to celebrate the reawakening of nature. Many of today’s Christmas traditions, such as the Christmas tree, are direct descendants of the Yule celebrations of old. While the Solstice has now transformed into Christmas, the Scandinavians still vividly celebrate their midsummer (summer solstice). No wonder, after winter days with only a few hours to no light a day at all (with the Northern Lights as a big plus!).
Nature’s always been showing its little tricks – and there was also a more down-to-earth use to the solstice. Astronomical events were used as an anchor point to decide upon the sowing of the crops, or the monitoring of winter reserves of food – making sure that there was plenty of food for everyone.
The winter solstice is coming up soon here, and we welcome it like an old friend. We all know, that after the longest night has passed here in Amsterdam, the days will grow longer, warmer and lighter. And while we gear up for spring & summer after that day in December, the other half of the equator heads into fall & winter time after June. It’s a beautiful turning point, that makes us appreciate nature even more. Our Solstice series is dedicated to that turning point, and comes in many faces. We’ve got the beautiful, pitch-black Solstice Pot, that can be used as a vase for flowers, the base for your most beloved plant or simply to catch the eye and comfort you with its round shape. Its little brother, the ceramic Deco Pot, gives your interior a touch of design, without losing sight of nature.
Then of course there’s the Wax Filled votive, available in different shapes, so you can mix and match. Aside them, you can place the cute, little Solstice tea light holders. They’re heartwarming and make for a great basic, providing a light not only during dark winter days but also long summer nights ahead of us.
We invite you to embrace darkness and fill it with your own light. Make your house a warm, light refuge during winter time, and let it warm your heart. Enjoy.
Our Solstice series is a great part of our collection, available at our web shop.