The longest night of the year is always a time of deep contemplation for me ~ I am pleased to spend some of this magical day celebrating the solstice and the season with all of you.
The dark is important to all Celts. It reaches its apogee at the solstice. We honor Yule and Christmastime together. It is a time of rest while we wait for rebirth of the sun. It is also the time for storytelling and story weaving.
Long nights curled by the fire in the North stir the heart and feed the soul. Now is the time to honor the Dark while yearning for the return of the Sun/Light.
It is the time when stories are born. It is the time the year is remembered; including the darkest parts. Now is the time to face the dark and to know with certainty that tomorrow brings growing light.
Yule logs are lit.
Christmas and Hanukkah candles are lit.
Our fireplaces and Christmas trees are lit to fill our homes and our lives with the beautiful, soft, glow of colored light.
On clear nights, if you live away from city lights, you can see that even the stars shine brighter, gifting us all with light. The beauty of the stars, and the sun, is that they shine whether or not we can see them.
I’ve always been struck by the words:
“BE STILL AND KNOW THAT I AM”
These words seem perfect for Yule as we celebrate the rebirth of the Sun – and for many of us, the birth of THE SON.
As we welcome and celebrate the coming of the light, I’ll leave you with a treat for Santa.
Merry Christmas & Happy Yule.
May love & light live within even on the darkest of days.
Recipe/Idea to welcome Santa with a treat:
Today or Tomorrow or Anytime through the weekend~
Light a candle, preferably a red one, while you bake (or place on a plate if you purchase from a bakery) cinnamon rolls. Think of a wish you would like Santa to grant. Meditate on that wish while you bake or while you arrange the rolls.
The spiral in the rolls depicts our endless spirits and the eternal spirit of giving.
A fitting gift for the Santa within us all.
Holding your wish in your mind, blow out the candle. Believe. And share your rolls!