The winter solstice is tomorrow, Dec. 21, and with that comes the shortest day and longest night of the entire year. Since the winter solstice happens in the middle of the holidays (and is a traditionally Pagan holiday in the first place), some people might not remember to actually celebrate it. But if you do decide to get together with friends to celebrate the occasion, there are tons of winter solstice recipes to keep you warm and honor the astronomical holiday.
The winter solstice is traditionally celebrated as a symbol of the changing seasons and of the Earth's "rebirth," so to speak, so the traditional meals to accompany the winter solstice have an emphasis on the Earth itself, focusing on nuts, berries, spices, squash, potatoes, and hunted game like goose and deer.
Now, nobody expects you to hunt and kill a deer for the winter solstice, but a few Earth-focused recipes will certainly do the trick — not to mention some warm drinks to get you to through this cold winter's night.
The winter solstice, if you choose to celebrate it, should be spent with friends and family; the meals are less important than the company. With that said, here are eight easy winter solstice recipes to cook up for the longest night of the year.