12 Summer Solstice Celebration Ideas Even Non-Pagans Can Enjoy

summer solsticeJune 21 is the longest day of the year and man ALIVE it is an exciting time. The sun will be shining down on us for 15 hours and 6 minutes, a full minute more than it did yesterday. And that my friends? Reason to celebrate. We get but one summer solstice a year, and the time is now. How you spend the summer solstice 2011 is up to you, but know that come June 22, the days will be getting shorter and shorter and before you know it it's winter and you're longing for the warm days of summer.

Need some suggestions on how to celebrate? Here ya go.

  • Pop a bottle in the ice like a blizzard and feel fly like a G6. Not sure what that means? Sip some champagne outside with some friends to enjoy the longest day.
  • Fire up the grill and cook some yummy pork chops.
  • Take a lunch break in the park and sip on a healthy shake
  • Gather with your neighbors and host a pagan sun worship ceremony. Extra points for costumes, but dressing like Ke$ha doesn't count. That's just lazy.
  • Reenact Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream with your kids. If you invite me, I insist on playing Bottom, the dude with the head of an ass. Tee hee!
  • Go to the pool and have a good old-fashioned summer solstice sunscreen testing party! Serve Popsicles.   
  • Feast. Eat your face off. It's how ancient civilizations celebrated, so chow down!
  • Line up some large rocks in your yard and pretend you're at Stonehenge.
  • Listen to a Sonny & Cher album.
  • Pretend you're in Scandinavia and leave the lights on all night. The sun ain't setting in Norway, Finland, or Sweden tomorrow night. (Fun!)
  • Pretend you're in the Southern Hemisphere and welcome the official start of winter with a (frozen) hot chocolate.
  • Paint your kids' faces with pretty suns and rainbows. Wait, I said don't dress like Ke$ha, never mind.

No matter how you choose to commemorate or ignore the longest day of the year, the solstice will come and go, ushering in a new season, and maybe a new beginning or two. I won't notice though, I'll be too busy finding big rocks for my personal Stonehenge and popping bottles like a G6.

Does the summer solstice mean anything to you?

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