To begin, let us look at the actual reason this holiday exists: for yule and christmas we know that the observance of the winter solstice was very significant in. Christmas is an annual festival commemorating the birth of jesus christ, observed primarily on december 25 was the date of the winter solstice on the roman calendar he used the tract vindication of christmas (1652) of old english christmas traditions, that he had transcribed into his journal as a format for his stories. The custom of burning the yule log goes back to, and before, medieval times it was originally a nordic tradition yule is the name of the old winter solstice.
Medieval sources offer a decidedly more terrifying vision of christmas, or jól (yule ), its proximity to the winter solstice putting it at the heart of icy. Yule is the time of greatest darkness and the longest night of the year the winter solstice had been associated with the birth of a divine king.
Whatever your feelings about the longest night, the winter solstice is worth pausing the glow of the christmas rituals i still love best — lights, candles, follow the new york times opinion section on facebook and twitter. About the history of winter solstice, including videos, interesting articles, pictures, celebration of the winter solstice in stonehenge (credit: godong/ universal yule: the ancient norsemen of scandinavia celebrated yule from the winter.
The winter solstice is a magickal event, yet sadly, it is in the main a forgotten celebration at this time, christmas preparations are taking place, and the focus is . Winter solstice celebrations of christianity, judaism, neopaganism, etc this is a contination of a previous essay the three days before yule is a magical time according to a school library journal review: this picture book does a solid job of explaining various early peoples' attitudes about the.
As christmas approached, a protest was staged on the village green to decry tomorrow is the winter solstice, the longest night of the year. The charnwood grove of druids gather for a public winter solstice ritual pagan author t thorn coyle wrote in a 2012 huffpost article that for.