I love this time of year. The beginning of the coldest period of the four seasons. The first snow of winter has arrived. The fields are covered in blanket of white and the tree top glisten. From the north gale winds blow and the frigid air nips at my nose.
Bundled in winterize garments from head to toe, I move from one place to another in an unhurried gait. At night, the strings of bright lights, outlining windows and roofs twinkle like the stars above.
A wreath adorn most doors.
Inside the the four walls hang traditional decorations past from one generation to the next. Yule cards come and go with a merry wish for lots of happiness. The perfect gifts-a little something to say I care wrapped in shiny paper, ribbon, and bows lay beneath the lit tree, waiting to delight.
Surprise visits from family and friends brings spontaneous entertaining. The birth of special memories to be cherished forever. Food and drink served with a smile, and tasty treats so delicious ar devoured.
Compassion and mercy are the standard with loonies dropped here and toonies dropped there in the red kettles. Good will and joy are the norm, while making magical memories.
The word Solstice literally means "standing still." At the Winter Solstice the sun rises, stands still, for a brief moment, then quickly dwindles to disappear beneath the horizon. The Winter Solstice marks the shortest day and the longest night of the year.
Yule, one of the four lesser Sabbats, takes place each year around December 25.
*Legend of Santa Claus-Santa is the Holly King, the sleigh is the Solar Chariot, the eight Sabbats and the horns represent the Horn God, the North Pole symbolizes the Land of the Shadows and the dying solar year, and the gifts meant both to welcome the Oak King as the sun reborn and as a reminder of the gift of the Holly King who must depart for the Oak King to rule.
This is a great time to reflect upon the past and make plans for your future as the Sun illumines a pathway toward the achievement of your goals.
*taken from pg.191-Yule Sabbat-Green Witchcraft Series Author Ann Moura http://annmoursgarden.com
MERRY MEET, MERRY PART, TILL MERRY MEET AGAIN")