Lead image from Beauty Everyday, 2013 by Rinne AllenKristen Bach, and Rebecca Wood (pages 11 and 24) 

“The winter solstice has always been special to me as a barren darkness that gives birth to a verdant future beyond imagination, a time of pain and withdrawal that produces something joyfully inconceivable.” ― Gary Zukav 

This morning, at 5:02am EST, was the Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere. Marking the official start of winter, the solstice is the shortest day and longest night of the entire year. “So what does that mean, exactly?” The Farmer’s Almanac asks. “Upon the winter solstice, the Sun appears at its lowest in the sky, and its noontime elevation seems to stay the same for several days before and after this day. The Sun’s gradual decrease in the sky reverses upon the winter solstice, marking what many cultures believe to be a ‘rebirth’ of the Sun as the hours of daylight become longer.” In honor of this day, this week we explore the Winter Solstice celebrations of cultures across the world.  

The Fiesta de Santo Tomás of Chichicastenango – Guatemala 

Shab-e Yalda – Iran (Watch a 2019 celebration here

Winter Solstice Lantern Festival – Canada 

Don Zhi – China 

Winter Solstice Gathering at Stonehenge – United Kingdom 

Read about Native American Winter Solstice celebrations here and here

St. Lucia’s Day – Sweden, Norway, and Finland 

In Alabama: “Beautiful Things,” from The Journal archives 

@ Alabama Chanin 

We’re accepting orders for two-day delivery until today at 12:30pmCT. We have a selection of in-stock gifts from Alabama Chanin and The School of Making ready to pack and send your way.  

@ The School of Making 

Learn more about the newly relaunched Swatch of the Month Subscription program from The School of Making. The program provides a year’s worth of fabric swatches and notions for design explorations and embroidery technique practice and development. All orders placed from now through 2020 will receive a digital PDF that can be printed and gifted. In January, we’ll ship out our first monthly subscription along with the exclusive newsletter.  

@ The Factory   

The Factory Store will be open tomorrow and Wednesday from 10am – 5pm for holiday shopping. It will be closed, along with the Alabama Chanin offices, on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.  

Monday by appointment only
Tuesday – Friday | 10am – 5pm (Closed this Thursday and Friday)
Saturday and Sunday | Closed     

Visit us at:
462 Lane Drive
Florence, Alabama 35630     

Contact our store team:
Catherine Counts
+1.256.760.1090 x 114   

Carlisle Sandy 
+1.256.760.1090 x 105  

Please note: Due to COVID, guests are required to wear face masks throughout the duration of their time at The Factory and we have masks available, if needed. Until further notice, we will be checking temperatures for all guests, team members, and anyone entering The Factory. Should you have any questions about our safety procedures, please reach out during our store hours.    

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