The nights were dark and starry. Cold as the winds blew and the people of the time stayed indoors, lamps and fires lit, families gathered in the dimly lit homes of the land.
The solstice was coming soon and across the lands the sun would shine a bit more each day. This was a cause for great celebration among the people. Twenty-thousand plus years before organized religion the families of the ancient lands bundled up in furs and lit lanterns and went from house to house bringing light and song to their neighbors.
The spring prior the God and the Goddess conceived and on December 21st the Goddess would give birth to the son of God, the sun. The Holly King and his reindeer came around with gifts in exchange for a bowl of porridge. And during the twelve days of Yule fires were lit, celebrations were had, and light was spread by all.
The newer religions of today borrow the same concepts of celebration and light. What can we do today to celebrate Yuletide? Spread light around you. Compliment strangers and friends. Check on elders and see if they are well fed and if they need company. Invite folks into your home for a warm pot of soup and a game of cards. Give simple, handmade gifts. Set up twinkly lights and a Yule tree. Sing and rejoice for the Sun God is coming and will brighten each day.
Happy Yule everyone!