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Merry Yule!

In pagan tradition, Yule - the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year - is when the Goddess gives birth to the God as the reborn sun, and hope for new light is reborn.

Here's an entertaining book:

"4,000 Year of Christmas"

http://www.amazon.com/000-Years-Christmas-Gift-Ages/dp/1569752354/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1261338376&sr=1-1

One reviewer said: "A quick, fascinating read into the anthropology of religion as seen through the lens of a single holiday. As Joseph Campbell would illustrate in much greater detail in his landmark work,"The Hero with a Thousand Faces," Dr. Count demonstrates the underlying unity in all the divergent historical religious sources of Christmas traditions."

Here in California we have plenty of sunlight today - best of luck to all of those who are swamped by snow today. The news reports look scary! Stay safe and warm and celebrate whatever holiday you like. They're all good. :-)

Comments

A long time ago, I was at multi-stage concert in the heart of Indianapolis enjoying the various bands on very pleasant summer evening. Indianapolis had streets run into the center of the city to join into a circle - they shut down these streets so the whole atmosphere was one big music gathering. Enjoying myself immensely, I was told by friends that evening was the summer solstice.

Ever since, I have always noted both the summer and winter solstices. I particularly enjoy the winter solstice, knowing that darkest day has arrived and despite the arrival of winter, there are lengthening days of sunlight to look forward to.

Tonight, my husband and I will toast the winter solstice and be grateful for a year that worked out rather well.

Enjoy the holidays!
What a lovely story! The circular streets are perfect for that celebration. I, too, am anticipating the lengthening days. I'm glad this year was good for you. Happy holidays!