The Winter Solstice  

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Tomorrow is the Winter Solstice, also known as Yule. It's amazing to me that so many people want 'Christ' back in Christmas - that's fine with me but what about REALLY looking deeper - looking into WHY we celebrate during this time of year in the first place. The reasons go back to before the whole Jesus story.

Our ancestors lived in a world where everyone believed in mystery and magic. Every year, they gathered together to celebrate the seemingly miraculous return of the light after the longest night of the year and that's how Winter Solstice festivals were born. To this day, people all over the world celebrate Winter Solstice as a time of rebirth, a new beginning and a chance to marvel at the power of transition from darkness into light.

Ancient Solstice festivals were the last big feasts before the depths of winter - when food would become scarce. Many modern holiday traditions like Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and New Year's were borrowed from ancient Solstice celebrations. Cultures throughout the world still have winter festivals that include lights and large fires, feasting, dancing and singing, and closeness with loved ones. As they did long ago, these activities help to reinvigorate us in the cold and darkness.

Here is an interesting video explaining the solstice:

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Hibiscus Moon  

I've had that video favorited for a while. I love how it explains everything. Great pick!

December 20, 2009 at 6:04 PM

Oh, wow. This is so good! I'm thinking about doing a post on this after viewing this video. Pretty enlightening (pardon the pun).

December 22, 2009 at 12:49 PM

This is an AWESOME video!
Such a great explanation.

December 22, 2009 at 6:13 PM
Witchy Mama  

Glad you all liked the video!

December 27, 2009 at 9:34 AM

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