At Yule most people have a fondness for natural trees. It is not incorrect to cut down our trees when we choose one from tree farms. Trees at the the tree farms are considered a crop; renewed each year, contributing to the environmental wellness for a full ten years before they are harvested and replaced with seedlings to begin the cycle again.
When you bring a tree home a fresh cut about a half inch is made at the base of the stump to open the pores so it can drink. The water level needs to be checked on a daily basis and kept top up to keep it alive in its unnatural conditions.
The boughs of the evergreen can be used to construct wreaths, garlands and door swags. Berries, wintergreen, bells and pinecones can be added for a seasonal effect. Silver bells to call the Fairies and spirits can be hung with care. Popcorn and berries can be strung together to rest on the Yule tree to give a natural feel. Gems and crystals will produce glitter. A Yule tree has the power to help brighten our spirits during the short days of winter.
Kissing under the mistletoe is a Yule time tradition. Kissing under the mistletoe some say is strictly Anglo Saxon. The practise began around the middle of the eighteenth century. Others believe that Holly, ivy and mistletoe, are traditionally associated with the Yuletide season, sacred to the Druids, and linked to old Pagan folklore. Kissing under the mistletoe will be good luck - Druidic fertility right.
The green, leafy and white-berried plant grows on, and is collected from, the sacred oak tree. The mistletoe is a parasitic plant because it draws its nourishment from the host tree and saves it for itself. For mistletoe to survive it must receive its nutrients from the tree.
The materials extracted during harvest, from the plant, is for medicinal powers to act against cancer.
According to England in the Middle Ages, superstition mistletoe should never be brought into the house prior to Yule Eve, to do so invites bad luck into your house. The plant should be burned the morning after Twelfth Night. To throw out or destroy in any other way is said to conjure the worst of ill luck.
Yule candles should be lit on the eve of the Winter Solstice and allowed to burn all night. The candles are believed to bring good luck only if given as gifts and not bought for oneself. It is considered unlucky to light before Yule Eve or to blow out its flame instead of using a snuffer. Saving the stub of the candle is said to bring a person good luck throughout the coming year.
Yuletide is a festive season and most popular time for friends and family to come together.
People are important in life. Our bond grows strong as result of giving and receiving love. Friendships are forged through desire to help others; loving, caring people who offer support. Some people in our lives leave for a long time and then return. That's because true friendship never leaves forever. It never does leave at all. It is with you for eternity.
Yule can be a sad time of year. The absence of the close personal relationships can bring a sense of loss. The loss is both a privilege and a necessity. Some people in our lives leave never to return. The absence of the close personal relationship can bring a sense of loss.
We are meant to say goodbye to those we love. Events in life occur for a reason. Situations are meant to happen. The loss of people allows us to appreciate the time shared. The loss can inspire within to be a better to those who are still near.