The days have grown shorter, the air is crisp and clear and the ground is covered in white.
The stores are littered with last minute shoppers and trees everywhere have twinkling lights. The majority of us celebrate both Yule on the Winter Solstice and then Christmas a few days later with our families, having a dual holiday month…us lucky Pagans
In the Pagan or Witch household you will find scents of Pine, cedar, bayberry and cinnamon and colors of red, green, gold, white, silver, yellow and orange.
You may also taste some traditional foods of the season like Pork/turkey, fruit cakes and nuts, spiced cider/mead, roasted apples, and cookies, caraway cakes soaked in cider, eggnog, ginger tea and wassail.
Upon the Winter Solstice we celebrate the return of the sun, when the sun begins to rise a little higher and stays a little longer in the sky each night. We light our Yule logs and let the candles burn until they are gone in celebration of the return of light.
Many of us save our Yule logs to be burnt in old tradition the following Yule in the hearth or bonfire or as new traditions have begun to be burnt on Imbolc.
We exchange gifts from the heart during this special time with loved ones, a lovely witchy gift may be a sachet of herbs like bayberry, evergreen, frankincense holly, mistletoe, oak, pine sage and yellow cedar all herbs of the season. Homemade cakes and mead make lovely gifts as well as homemade crafts like ornaments with symbols like the sun, Goddess, pentacle or moon on them. All of these can be used in ritual or placed on the altar or enjoyed together which is what our holidays are meant to do…bring us together of like mind and hearts as one.
Have a Blessed Yule and Prosperous New Year.