The winter solstice has been an occasion for celebration around the world and throughout time.
So whether you celebrate Inti Raymi, Sanghamitta, Jul, Hogmanay, Shab-e Yaldâ, Modranicht, Lenæa, Karachun, Chanukkah, Beiwe, Ameratsu, Zagmuk, Montol, Sviatki, Dongzhi, Makara Sankranti, Meán Geimhridh, Şeva Zistanê, Ghambar Maidyarem, Soyal, Chronia, Natalis Domini, Dzon’ku ‘Nu, Choimus, Perchta, Blót, Goru, Sol Invictus, Ziemassvētki, Lohri, Brumalia, Rozhanitsa, Maruaroa o Takurua, We Tripantu, Lá an Dreoilín, or Lussi,* have a happy, safe, and joyous solstice-related celebration–along with the rest of humanity.
* Kwanzaa is not included in this list because to my knowledge they are not intended to coincide with the winter solstice. Islam has no winter holiday because it uses a lunar calendar and thus the solstice is not important to Muslims. Kwanzaa celebrators and Muslims are welcome to educate me if I am incorrect.