The Winter Solstice might seem like a lonely holiday, celebrated on the longest night of the year with a cold moon and solitary candles to light the dark, but it is quite a mirthful and merry event for the Pagans who observe it. Yule marks the rebirth of the Sun for Earth, so this December 21st, celebrate with these simple ideas.
Put up your Yule Tree! Your decorations can be as simple as you like, from symbols of the sun out of yellow construction paper to natural items such as dried berries, mistletoe, or dried oranges. Whimsical or commemorative ornaments are completely appropriate, as well. Decorate with colors of red, green gold, white, and orange as you welcome the merriment of the coming evening. Wreaths make great décor for the Yuletide home, too.
One of the more popular traditions of the Winter Solstice is the Yule Log. A short piece of firewood is all that is needed, as it doesn’t have to be elaborate. Hollow out three holes large enough to accommodate tapered candles. Decorate with leaves or mistletoe and light throughout the evening. Other activities, of course, include caroling, exchanging presents, and kissing under the mistletoe!
A Yule Feast is enjoyed to rejoice in the bounty that Mother Earth has provided, so fill your table with delightful tastes such as Maple-Crusted Ham, sweet potato casserole, roasted winter vegetables, cranberry chutney, and fresh yeast rolls. Before dining, fill your mugs with wassail or spiced cider and offer libations to the Earth and to the newborn Sun.
The world is filled with different faiths, and people celebrate on different days and in different ways—but it all comes from the heart and love, all with joy, giving, and the spirit of rebirth.” Have a wonderful Yule!
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