December 21, 2014 marks the Winter Solstice this year, when the longest night starts to give way to the Summer. The ‘sun king’ is born, a light flicker which will continually grow as the days lengthen into the warmer months of 2015.
To me, Yule represents hope and light. It means hope that light and warmth will return. It means the candles lit at Yule represent our souls, that each person can ‘light up’ another person, without losing their own glow, but make the world brighter.
It means a time of learning and introspection. When the weather keeps you home, take advantage of this time to take on a new hobby, learn something new, master a new craft. Meditate and learn of yourself. Know thyself. Learn to love and appreciate yourself, while cultivating the good parts, and whittle away the bad.
And crafting! Yes, to craft some lovely things for myself or for others:
Crafting candles, lanterns, and setting lights around the house welcome the Sun into the world, with the hope the winter will be short.
Snow and ice magick is also perfect for this holiday, providing your area has snow and ice. We have cold weather, no snow, and only some ice.
So if you don’t have the cold weather, use your freezing, or you can opt to make lanterns from other materials.
Learn from other family traditions to celebrate. Some of these are sweet and simple, perfect for little ones.
Baking up sweet treats!
I tackled a French Macaron recipe, but finding a special cookie, cake, pie, or even spice mix provides you the opportunity to add well-wishing in the process.
Rainbow cookies (video) can easily be made into something that looks like a star or sun.
Nilla cake bites. I haven’t tried these, but they would make lovely little cakes for cakes and ale, or gifts for others.
I hope your holiday season is a safe, light-filled, love-filled event with the promise of great things to come…