Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The Holly and the Ivy

Yule, also known as the Winter Solstice, is the longest night of the year.  After the Solstice, the days begin to grow longer again as the Sun begins its return.  Yule is a time for introspection and planning of the future as well as a celebration of the rebirth of the Sun.

Customs and Activities:
  • caroling
  • burning the Yule log (or candle)
  • kissing under the mistletoe
  • baking sweets

Colors:
red, green, gold, white, silver, yellow, orange

Decorations:
  • Yule log (or candle)
  • evergreen boughs or wreaths
  • holly & mistletoe
  • candles
  • clove studded fruit
  • poinsettias
  • stars
  • stags

Foods:
  • pork or poultry dishes
  • fruits & nuts
  • ginger tea
  • cookies
  • eggnog
  • cider

Scents of the season:
  • pine
  • cedar
  • rosemary
  • sage
  • peppermint
  • cinnamon

4 comments:

ArtSings1946 said...

I like this post ... In fact I love everything Yule !

Blessed Yule and Happy Holidays !

Danni said...

A very merry Yule to you! May you have the happiest of longest nights.

*ps* How're you feeling these days?

Heathen said...

Thank you and Merry Yule to you both!

I'm feeling much better Danni. However, I've lost all strength and muscle tone so I'm slowly starting to exercise again. A little better every day!

Mina said...

Sending warmest wishes for a beautiful Yule!