Winter Holidays - Solstice
I have put this together the best I can and is a colaboration with friends and anyone who wanted to put their 2 cents in; besides of course my own input of what I know and researched. I've tried to have someone that celebrates each holiday to do a paragraph or 2 as its always better explained by those who celebrate and believe in it.
A lot of people wish me Merry Christmas, and in England they say Happy Christmas... but NOT EVERYONE CELEBRATES CHRISTMAS. Some celebrate, Kwanzaa others Solstice, Yule or Candlemas, Hanukkah and whatever other holidays there are & that doesn't count the double titled holidays where they celebrate Christmas & Hanukkah etc.
Whatever other holidays there are around this time, if you celebrate it I'd like to know what its called & if you would please add a few paragraphs of what its about, & how you celebrate, the day its on and so on.
Sadly I do not know of anyone who celebrates Kwanzaa so if you are reading this, and you do Please PM me!
"Supporters of using the term Holidays, in place of Christmas were originally syncretized (the combining of different belifes and practices) i> They were stolen or twisted by those who made the religion and bent them to their agenda. "Christmas" symbols such as Trees, Caroling, Holly wreaths, Mistletoe, & Yule Logs are all Pre -christian (Pagan) symbols of the solstice. There's also argument that as society religiously and culturally diverseifies that a secretarian Holiday such as christmas may be non-inclucive, or offensive to non-christian and non-celebraants in general Christmas Controversey
If you do not know someone's religion, simpy say Happy Holiday(s), it covers one or as many religious backgrounds as their family has, Plus includes the New Year which I've also included a bit for here as well.
If I have missed covering any other holidays' please let me know by PM what it is
"I am Sick & tired of the 'keeping Christ in Christmas' argument."
If you look up the history of christmas,you will learn that it was originally derived from various pagan holidays that had NOTHING to do with christianity.
-Amy Gamboa of ManhattanQuote from NY Daily Newspaper on 'Keeping Christ in Christmas'
“Yule” comes from the Ænglisc “Gēola”, which refers to the winter solstice, which is celebrated between the 21st and 23rd of December. Another festival was celebrated later on the 24th called Mother's night or Mōdraniht and believed to be a time of sacrifice to the “Ides” (or Dísir (women ghosts) in Old Norse), a term meaning “noble woman” or “goddess”.This was celebrated not only by the Norse, but the north-western pre-christian germanic tribes
Traditional customs such as the Yule log, the decorated tree, and wassailing can all be traced back to Norse origins.
All about Yule (a variety of links on the topic)
The Solstice~ The Shortest Day
The Shortest Day -?
And so the Shortest Day came and the year died
And everywhere down the centuries of the snow-white world
Came people singing, dancing,
To drive the dark away.
They lighted candles in the winter trees;
They hung their homes with evergreen;
They burned beseeching fires all night long
To keep the year alive.
And when the new year's sunshine blazed awake
They shouted, revelling.
Through all the frosty ages you can hear them
Echoing behind us - listen!
All the long echoes, sing the same delight,
This Shortest Day,
As promise wakens in the sleeping land:
They carol, feast, give thanks,
And dearly love their friends,
And hope for peace.
And now so do we, here, now,
This year and every year.”
This holiday falls between December 21st & 23rd depending on the Solar calendar.
Wiccans and Pagans celebrate the Winter Solstice or Midwinter Sabbat which celebrates the birth of the sun god from the earth Goddess.
In ancient times they were celebrated on the 25th of December, however with the integration of the Julian calendar & messing up time it now falls on the 21st as its the longest days and the start of the coming renewal of the land. The holiday was usually celebrated for 12 days (could this be where the 12 days of Christmas came from maybe it should be renamed Paganmas)
The Norse celebrate Jol or Yule
The Yule Log is a symbol of the bonfires pagans would set to symbolize the coming of the sun. Any type of wood can be used, but you may want to check out this list for what you want it to signify.
Oak: Brings healing Strength and wisdom
Holly:inspires visions and reveals past lives
Birch: for new beggingings
Willow: to achieve desires
Aspen:Understanding of the Grand Design
Pine: Prosperity and growth
On Yule Night Carve a symbol of your hopes for the coming year into the log, burning the log releases its power and save a piece from this years Yule log for next years kindling. The yule log is usually decorated with Ribbon, flowers and greenery as well as herbs for magical intent, for instance use White sage for a cleansing of the old year coming into the new year.
Some of the herbs and such you may want to use...
Cedar- waelth protection purification healing & promoting spirituality
Carnations- COurage, Strength Protection Healing Vitality increases Magical power.
Corriander seeds- love
Holly- Protection & dreams
Juniper- Exorcism love healing and protection
Lavender- Love awakener
Mistletoe- health fertility, success banishing Evil, Protection
Pine- Healing wealth protection fertility purification Exorcism
Rosemary- Health love protection increase intellectual powers, peace blessing, consecrations, very powerful cleansing, & purifying Exorcism
Roses- Love courage luck health protection beauty
Ribbons- use according to their corresponding magic color
Winter by Alfred Lord Tennyson
scents in various forms, from spices, you can toss in the fire, to scented oils and so on.
if it's a spice more likely you can use it in the fire, besides of course your holiday meals!
(toss in fire) but be sure the grate is over the fire
- rosemary, cinnamon sticks,
- (dried) orange peel for kindling, as the oil in it, helps it to burn longer
- incense sticks or cones (in Pine, cinnamon or apple cinnamon spice,) Tho' they will burn quickly
- Rainbow flame matches/sticks or powder (I don't remember what it was, but I remember my uncle putting this in the fire & the flames turning a variety of colors. (not sure if it had a scent but was a bit entertaining at least when a child, not sure about now, thjo I do like to watch a candleflame dance)
- Java-log (made of recycled coffee grounds) it emits up to 78% less carbon monoxide & 66% less creosote then wood fires
- Orange w/ Cloves (can be made as tree ornament or just for the fruit bowl)
Candlemas is a time, when people are initiated, into wiccan covens & each group's outlook depends on the exact or important meaning of each holiday as well.
Special Christmas Postmark
Other December Holidays from around the world
- Finland -December 6 Independence Day
- Kenya- December 12 Jamuhuri Day
- Bangladesh- December 16 Victory Day
- Saturnalia december 17-23 (ancient Romans)
- Austria, & Liechtenstein, Luxemberg -
Dec 25th Christmas
Dec 26 St. Stephen's Day
- Dominican Republic- Dec 5 Discovery Day Commemorating the arrival of Christopher Columbus (& I don't mean the director)
- Canada , Uganda Gibraltar Antigua & Barbuda
December 25th Christmas
December 26th Boxing Day
- Channel Islands December 15 Homecoming Day (Alderney)
- Albania - Dec 8 Public Youth Day
Dec 25 Midwinter Christmas
- Argentina- Dec 8 Immaulate Conception
Dec 24 Christmas Eve
25th Christmas day
- Armenia- Dec 7 Spitak Rememberence Day
- Australia Australia Holidays
Boxing Day Dec. 26th
No not that kind though it may sometimes come close!
From what has been explained to me, the day after christmas is the day others box up and return their unwanted, to big or small and so on gifts. To the store and with some families who buy all from one store, it can turn out to be 1 large box of other boxes! Not to mention boxing matches to grab on the items you want or to just get your money back.
more on the solstice and Yule
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