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Yule is the celebration of the winter solstice and has been celebrated for thousands of years. The winter solstice this year is on the 21st December.

For 6 days at this time of year the sun appears to stand still on the horizon. It was a time of uncertainty and mystery as the ancients wondered if indeed the sun would return. When it did return, year after year, festivals grew up in just about every place and culture.

The ancients realised that the solstice was the longest night of the year. It was a time of celebration and rejoicing in the knowledge that soon the warm days of spring would return, and the dormant earth would come back to life.

Greenery such as holly, pine and laurel were used to decorate homes. Because they are evergreen it was thought that they had power over death and destruction.

Mistletoe was held as being sacred. It was hung over doorways as it was believed that it would bring fertility and abundance.

The yule log was usually oak. Traditionally it was burned continuously for 12 days. A bit of the wood would be kept for kindling next years fire and the ashes would be spread on the ground and used as a fertiliser.



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