As midwinter approaches everything seems to be about feasting and celebrating the returning light, symbolically acknowledged in so many faith traditions. It’s also traditionally a time to pause, to rest, to reflect, a time to enjoy all of the good things in life. A time to kick back. Solstice is the tipping point, when the night is longest and the day is shortest. After that it’s all uphill to spring. Longer days, more sunshine, more light. It’s a time to connect with loved ones, and of course a time of giving back, taking stock, letting go of the old and welcoming in the new. For me, it’s a time for sparkling fairy lights and scented candles, cosy long evenings to cook great food and watch great movies.