yule - let us celebrate the sun
Yule time runs from the 21st to the 23rd December. It is the winter solstice, the point in which the sun is at its furthest point from the earth. It marks the return to light, to longer days, to spring.
So many Pagan traditions were adopted by the Christians and so much that we know of Christmas is the perfect example. Traditionally, pine trees that don’t lose their spikes throughout winter were brought inside to symbolise life and survival. Candles were lit to symbolise the return of the sun. Spices like cinnamon and cloves were eaten to produce warmth. Feasts were had after the animals that would not survive the winter were slaughtered providing much food and celebration. A large log was dragged inside (yule log) and set alight. Festivities would go on until the log burnt out. All the sparks from the burning log represented the new animals and crops that would be born and grow in the spring.
So if you are not feeling festive for the commercial event that is our modern day Christmas, feel the joy of the return of the sun, the return of the light, the return of warm days. Light a candle, stay warm away from the dark spirits outside and feast on delicious things as a way of staying in rhythm with the world.