About Songs of Solstice

"Not everyone is Christian. Many of us, who prefer a Nature-centered, Goddess-based spirituality, rooted in our own *EIK (European Indigenous Knowledge), have found deep meaning in the Solstice, Equinox and Sabbat celebrations (Imbolc, Beltane, Lughnasadh, and Samhain), and enjoy singing songs that are based upon these sacred days/times of the year.

We, at Girl God Books, decided to create this special songbook with re-imagined Christmas carols and songs (only those in the public domain were used) to honor the original intent of late December, the Longest Night of the Year, known as the Winter Solstice.

So, decorate that evergreen, set the Yule log ablaze, put on the Wassail, light the candles, and lift your voices in celebration." -Sharon Smith from her Introduction to Songs of Solstice.

This Songbook celebrates the cycles of Nature—Birth, Life, and Death—through the changing Seasons (the Turning of the Wheel) from Autumn's abundance, for which we give thanks, to Winter's "Dead Time," when even the warmth of the Sun leaves us, and the world goes dark and cold. It is a celebration of both the Light and the Dark, since both are Sacred and both are needed for new Life to grow and flourish.

This Song Book includes Goddess-affirming re-writes of the following:

O Holy Night

The Holly & the Ivy

Ave Maria

The Coventry Carol: Lullay, Thou Little Tiny Child

O Come, O Come, Immanuel

Once in Royal David’s City

Away in the Manger

The First Noel

What Child is This

I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day

It Came Upon A Midnight Clear

I Wonder as I Wander

O Come All Ye Faithful

Bring A Torch, Jeanette, Isabella

Three Kings from Persian Lands Afar

Joy to the World

Angels We Have Heard On High

Angels from the Realms of Glory

Oh Little Town of Bethlehem

Silent Night

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

Go Tell It On The Mountain

Here We Come A-caroling

We Wish You a Merry Christmas

Hark, The Herald Angels Sing

Jingle Bells

Boston, an American Christmas hymn

Jolly Old Saint Nicholas

The Twelve Days of Christmas

Deck the Halls

To the Future from Auld Lang Syne

Hallelujah Chorus

This Song Book is also filled with glorious artwork, Solstice poetry, and writings on the Solstice from Glenys Livingstone, PhD., Kat Shaw, and Sharon Smith. Songs of Solstice also includes an essay by Laura Shannon on the original Goddess origins of the word “Hallelujah,”

You can find a complete Table of Contents here.
Scheduled for December 2022.

Pre-order here.

Join us on December 4th for our Solstice Sing-Along!