Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse

Springfield, Vermont

Solstice Bonfire 2021

Solstice Bonfire 2021 Photos


We held a Winter Solstice Bonfire outside the Meetinghouse on December 21st,  Thanks to Dick Andrews and Dan Keebler for building the topburn fire and collecting the invasive bittersweet to burn and to Diane Kemble for bringing snacks





The Shortest Day by Susan Cooper

So the shortest day came, and the year died,

And everywhere down the centuries of the snow-white world

Came people singing, dancing to drive the dark away.

They lighted candles in the winter trees;

They hung their homes with evergreen;

They burned beseeching fires all night long

To keep the year alive,

And when the new year’s sunshine blazed awake

They shouted, reveling.

Through all the frosty ages you can hear them

Echoing behind us—Listen!!

All the long echoes sing the same delight,

This shortest day,

As promise wakens in the sleeping land:

They carol, feast, give thanks, and dearly love their friends,

And hope for peace.

And so do we, here, now,

This year and every year.

Welcome Yule!