Children's Day / Winter Solstice Open House

December 15th

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    Room: Community Room

    The winter solstice occurs on the longest and darkest night of the year.  Solstice celebrations mark the return of longer daylight hours and ultimately an increase of positive energy.  Winter solstice is an important time for cultures across the globe and can be traced back to the yin and yang philosophy of balance and harmony.  It is about celebrating the light during darkness and the warmth we can create as friends and family get together. 

    You are invited to join us at the Lexington Shambhala Center for a family open house day of food and fun.  As evening approaches, we will  eat, drink, sing, read poetry, and light candles to illuminate the dark.  

    Two gifts requested:

    *Bring an unopened (unwrapped) gift for the homeless people in our community.  Used winter coats and new socks, underwear or hygiene items are always needed.  

    *White Elephant Gift Exchange—bring a wrapped gift (under $15).  Each person draws a number to determine what order to go in, with #1 opening the first gift.  The next person can choose to either pick an unwrapped gift or steal someone else’s opened gift.  If you get your gift stolen, you can choose a new gift or steal a gift from someone else.       

    Schedule for the day:
    10:00 – 10:45     Winter wonderland yoga
    10:45 – 11:15     Hot chocolate bar
    11:15 – 12:15     Mindfulness Craft Project with nature mandalas
    12:15 – 1:15       Moon cookie creation
    1:15 – 2:00         Sun and moon yoga
    2:15 – 3:30         Children’s Ikebana (flower arranging)
    5:00 – 6:00         Light candles and make offerings of music, poetry, dance and art
    6:00 – 7:00         White elephant gift exchange and feast