Cauldron’s “Up All Night” Solstice Celebration in About 1 Week

English: Highworth cemetery at the winter sols...
Highworth cemetery at the winter solstice The shortest day of the year in the northern hemisphere falls between the 20th and 23rd December depending on the year.  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This has totally snuck up on me (like the rest of the holiday season). In case it’s snuck up on you, I wanted to remind everybody that Up All Night: A Technopagan Winter Solstice, the 2013 edition of what’s become The Cauldron’s annual solstice celebration, is only about a week away!

When it begins: sunset on Saturday, December 21 (whatever time sunset happens in your location; so the thread will become active a little bit before the sun sets in the Australasian region)

When it ends: sunrise on Sunday, December 22 (whatever time that happens in your locale; many of us end up posting summations of our experience well into the next day…after we’ve finally gotten some sleep!)

For those who don’t already know, the idea is simple: A bunch of us stay up all night on the Northern Hemisphere’s winter solstice to celebrate the longest night of the year and the return of the sun afterwards. So we hang out here in The Cauldron, in a special thread devoted to the night’s festivities and in chat, to keep each other company in a kind of cyber moot. Wackiness ensues (esp. in the wee hours after extensive sleep deprivation)…

All are welcome, whether you’re trying to stay up all night or just dropping by to partake of the fun…whether you’re marking the winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere or the summer solstice in the Southern…and no matter what path you may follow, or none at all.

You can see some of the chatter in the run-up to this year’s event here.

This year’s non-theme (a conversation starter that can be freely ignored) is “hot/cold”. Start collecting your thoughts, songs, links, videos, recipes, etc. for sharing, and get ready for “Up All Night”!