Many people around the world celebrate winter solstice as the beginning of the return of the sun. Just type in winter solstice in your search engine and you'll find a lot of info on the history of the winter solstice celebrations among people.
For me, I think of how that while my plants may look dead, I know they are gathering strength for springs growth. I see this time of year as a time my Inner Light is kindled in spite of outer darkness. It is a great time for inner work and deep meditation.
I highly recommend the chapter " Rite of the Winter Solstice." in Ted Andrews" Nature-Spirit." it's a wonderful way to experience a different way of celebration. Personally , as I did my morning spiritual rituals, I had 3 signs in a row that told me ." Get Out To Moon Lake On the way to Katy's TODAY!." first I was redoing my alter for this season early this morning and just knew I had to put my Moon Goddess statue on it to hold my tiny ruby I'd be meditating with this season. I sat down with my nature oracle cards and pulled a Moon Card at the same time that the song "Moon River" came on Pandora! To really appreciate this you have to know that "Moon Lake" is really just a small offshoot of the Ouachita River.
After my personal winter solstice celebration I went on to exchange gifts with my daughter and her family. A great time outside full of love, joy and laughter. Then tonight My other daughter called to see if her family could come a few days early. They had just exchanged their gifts, including Santa coming for winter solstice!! Ok by me, I'm thrilled!! But in my home we celebrate Christmas and open our gifts then What does this have to do with weight loss? I didn't think of food once all day! Had to remind myself to have dinner. Imagine!