Yule, known as the Winter Solstice, arrives on December 21st. This is the shortest day of the year, marking the time where the sun will grow in strength and brightness, and the days will lengthen.
Traditions mark the sun’s rebirth, his return with candles and hearth fires.
The Christmas Tree has little to do with the birth of Christ, being he was born in March not December. The pagan origins stem from Germanic people who brought in evergreens that symbolized the eternal life cycle of the god. Even as far back as Roman times, people brought in evergreen boughs to adorn their home temples.
Mistletoe is also considered magical being a plant that remains green through the cold months, and even bears fruit in the winter. (Which are poisonous). In reality, its a parasitic plant that lives on trees, and the druids would cut off from sacred oak to give the sprigs to people to ward against bad luck.
Yule log holds many traditions and rules of luck on how to burn the log and how to keep part of the log for the year ahead to start the fire the next year. Its often decorated, annointed, and set ablaze to release that which holds you back.
This Sabbat celebrates the Oak King’s power over the Holly King, or the birth of the Sun God. Its also a day for Brigdid, Demeter, and Gaia, having given birth to the Sun and joyous of the newborn god.
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