Guess what? The winter solstice doesn't just mean that you're going to be saying hi to darker hours for the day. There are cultures around the world that carry out specific traditions to celebrate the winter solstice. Many of them may even be winter solstice traditions to celebrate with friends. It's a time to really delve into something new.
There's nothing wrong with embracing a different perspective. It's better than sitting in the dark and wishing the light would come back. Traditions are deeply rooted, and that's what's so beautiful about them. Their very existence lies in people's belief in them and their devotion to continue them year after year. Even if you and your friends can't identify with the culture, partaking in a new tradition may broaden your minds. The traditions obviously vary, depending on which culture you're exploring.
Isn't it so interesting how a day can be perceived completely different because of your culture? Well, we are here for the diversity, and you and your friends should be eager to get your hands full of new winter solstice traditions. Now, you may not be able to go as full out as some of these traditions call for, but creating your own variation of any of them could still be really cool.