Blessed Yule approaches bringing with it the shortest daylight time of the year.
This is such a special time where it is nice to reflect on our lives, what we have done, and what we will do next year. We can place an evergreen tree in our home to remind us of the beauty of summer, and to give us hope at its return. We can place lights and decorations to reflect the joy of life, and the light of the Sun which is now beginning its return.
To make sense of this time of year, it can work well to combine the Winter Solstice, Xmas, and New Year’s into one holiday season of Yule. Of course, it is all about the Solstice, but in our current society, Xmas has taken over the traditions of Yule. Basically, replacing the word Sun with son, and moving the date a bit.
However, we can blend the 21st into the 25th in our hearts and minds as the celebration of Yule. And since the Solstice also marks a beginning for the coming year, we can also bring our current calendars New Year’s Day into the same holiday season. It makes so much more sense when these three dates are combined into one Yule Holiday Season. And now, if someone says ‘Merry Christmas’, ‘Happy Holiday’ or whatever, you can return the greeting kindly but in your mind you will hear ‘Blessed Yule!’.