In my house we celebrate Yule (the shortest day of the year), Solstice (the first day of winter) and Christmas. This year we have plans to visit my mom and brother for Christmas, so we gathered with my husband's family the weekend before. Much to my pagan heart's delight, this happened to be Yule. I baked a Buche de Noel, a traditional French desert honoring the log burnt through the longest night of the year that will light next year's hearth fire. It is also a symbol of fertility.
We purchased a small real tree this year to celebrate Solstice and give the fairies a place to stay during the long night. My daughter and I undecorated it today, and then redecorated it with bird seed treats and the popcorn chain as a Yule gift to the animals.
How are you celebrating your holidays? How do you honor the earth in your traditions?
A blessed holiday season to you!
Monday, December 22, 2008
Solstice, Yule, Christmas: Family Traditions and Spiritual Paths
Written by Clea Danaan
Clea Danaan grew up in the Pacific Northwest. She moved to Colorado with her husband, who studied music therapy and now works as a music therapist at Children's Hospital Colorado. She homeschools her kids and works to support other homeschooling families. Her job as the Homeschool Resource Director at exl learning in the Lowry town center and her work with Options homeschool enrichment are a part of her vision for living an engaged life. She has written about green living, eco-spirituality, intuition, gardening, and chickens. Her work has won awards and been published in several countries and languages.