Dec 21, 2024 – Jan 31, 2025 Early Winter

Winter is a period of dormancy, a time to restore your energy after a full and busy year. Take this opportunity to slow down, relax a little, and take comfort.


Yule is a celebration of the winter solstice, or the longest night of the year. Yule marks the end of the harvest season and the beginning of dark winter months. Focus on bringing light into the world, whether that's gift giving, volunteering, lighting candles, or enjoying a fire. Symbols: cookies, dried fruit and nuts, eggnog, cider and wassail; evergreen, frankincense, holly, laurel, pine, sage, green, red, gold.

Ideas for yule:

  • Make spiced cider or wassail
  • Exchange gifts
  • Bake cookies
  • Take a night-time walk
  • Light candles (someday: a log for a fireplace?)


  • Bake cookies
  • Cook soup and roast vegetables
  • Decorate for the holidays
  • Go ice skating
  • Host a board game or card night
  • Knit
  • Listen to Christmas music
  • Make Chex mix
  • Make hot chocolate
  • Make mulled wine
  • Put together a jigsaw puzzle
  • Take a cooking class
  • Take a walk after dinner and enjoy the lights the city puts up on trees in main streets
  • Volunteer indoors


  • Festál

    Cultural festivals held throughout the year at Seattle Center

  • Reading weekend

    Really not much going on this time of year; hold your own reading weekend late January or early February


  • Arugula
  • Beets
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Chard
  • Collard greens
  • Kale
  • Leeks
  • Mint
  • Parsley
  • Parsnips
  • Pears
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Shallots
  • Spinach
  • Squash (winter)
  • Thyme
  • Turnips