It’s day 96 of 365, my wintery friends!

Happy Yule Eve to you all! I hope everyone has had a wonderful weekend! How much did it snow at your house? We only got a couple of inches (not that I’m complaining), but we sure were expecting quite a bit more. I shoveled half the driveway before I went to work this morning and it was pretty easy. I like dry snow…much easier to shovel out of the way!

So tomorrow is the winter solstice. This will be the first year that Scott and I have celebrated our winter holiday on that date instead of December 25. I’m looking foward to exchanging gifts with him tomorrow morning! So for those of you who don’t know very much about the Yule or the winter solstice as a holiday, here is some information for you!

Yule or Yule-tide is a winter festival that was initially celebrated by the historical Germanic peoples as a pagan religious festival, though it was later absorbed into, and equated with, the Christian festival of Christmas. The festival was originally celebrated from late December to early January on a date determined by the lunar Germanic calendar. The festival was placed on December 25 when the Christian calendar (Julian calendar) was adopted. Some historians claim that the celebration is connected to the Wild Hunt or was influenced by Saturnalia, the Roman winter festival.

Terms with an etymological equivalent to “Yule” are still used in the Nordic Countries for the Christian Christmas, but also for other religious holidays of the season. In modern times this has gradually led to a more secular tradition under the same name as Christmas. Yule is also used to a lesser extent in English-speaking countries to refer to Christmas. Customs such as the Yule log, Yule goat, Yule boar, Yule singing, and others stem from Yule. In modern times, Yule is observed as a cultural festival and also with religious rites by some Christians and by some Neopagans.

In Wicca, a form of the holiday is observed as one of the eight solar holidays, or Sabbat. In most Wiccan sects, this holiday is celebrated as the rebirth of the Great God, who is viewed as the newborn solstice sun. Although the name Yule has been appropriated from Germanic and Norsk paganism, elements of the celebration itself are of modern origin.

Well, there you have it.  That’s our holiday in a nutshell! So today’s photo is of an early Yule gift from Scott. I hope your enjoy her and I’ll see y’all tomorrow!

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