After a potluck at 6:00, the winter solstice celebration moves outdoors to the solstice bonfire. The first thing i do is smudge people--i offer a purifying sage smoke bath to cleanse the old year in preparation for the new (solar) year.
Smoke doesn't sound like a purifying bath, so you might think of it like incense.
Paradoxically, smoke from the sacred herb sage cleans our energy field.
What are you leaving behind in the old year?