Winter Solstice is the longest night of the year, and it is the night Witches honor the darkness and pray for the light. The ceremony's main function is to honor the season and the gods, and to request for their harmonious intervention in our lives in the coming months. Gracefully let go of those things that are no longer needed.
Yule means "wheel"; solstice means the sun stands still.
Primary ritual - rebirth and renewal, blessings in ritual form, burning the Yule log.
The magick associated with this Sabbat are decorating the tree, hanging mistletoe and holly and burning a Yule log. As the oak tree was considered to be the Cosmic Tree of the ancient Druids, the Yule log was traditionally oak.
The burning of the Yule log stems from the ancient custom of the Yule bonfire which was burned to give life and power to the sun, which is thought to be reborn at the Winter Solstice. In days of old, the ashes of the Yule log were mixed with cow fodder to aid in symbolic reproduction and was sprinkled over the fields to insure new life and fertile spring.
"Fodder" refers particularly to food given to the animals (including plants cut and carried to them), rather than that which they forage for themselves."
The Wassail Song celebrates the New Year! "Wassail" is an old English word for a toast similar to "Good Health" and the wassail is the content of the glass or goblet ( spiced or mulled wine or ale) It is known that the tradition of going wassailing dates back to 12th century England.
Have a very merry holiday season. Feast with your family and friends until the red candle and the Yule log burn out!