What is Yule?

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What is Yule?  Is it the same thing as Christmas?  You know, the Yule log was from Yule.  Turns out it is not a dessert but rather a celebratory log that creates a symbolic fire.  Many of the colors and traditions of Christmas are actually from Yule.  Even the 12 days of Yule!  Yule was around a long, long time before Jesus was even a twinkling in his mama’s eye.

It was decided to place Christmas at the same time as the pagan holiday Yule to overshadow it.  So, was Yule a time where witches went singing about town creating havoc and devil worshipping?  Goodness, no.  Yule is the celebration of the solstice.  From the 21st on towards summer the sun shines for a bit longer each day.  If you were a farmer (remember pagan holidays are also called agricultural holidays) you can bet your Yule tree that you would be celebrating!  Woohoo!  Bonfire and dancing in the moonlight!  Get me my seed catalogue!  Or on the darkest night of the year perhaps we have a feast with family and friends and sit by the fireplace.  We revel in the rest winter brings in its quiet reverence and dream of the season to come, ever being grateful for all we have and all we are.

 

 

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  1. Edith says:

    And a very Blessed Yule today Sister ❤ 🙂 Reading your post reminded me of what day it was – I tend to allow life to get in the way and the days sort of just meld one into the other. But Blessed Yule indeed!! Are you a fellow Pagan?? I notice a lot of your posts seem to hint to it! 🙂

    1. Katie Lynn says:

      Thank you! Last night was simply magical as I stood under the bright moon with clouds swiftly crossing over, the tops of the ancient trees danced and when I turned around there was a buck standing there! I hope you were able to get some nature time.

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