Hi Everyone – can you believe Christmas is just a few days away. But Today started the Winter Soloistic . and the Yule season.
It marked the symbolic death and rebirth of the Sun. The seasonal significance of the winter solstice is in the reversal of the gradual lengthening of nights and shortening of days
What Happens on the Winter Solstice?
On the day of the winter solstice, we are tilted as far away from the Sun as possible, which means that the Sun’s path across the sky is as low in the sky as it can be. Think about the daily path of the Sun: It rises in the east and sets in the west, arcing across the sky overhead. During the summer, the Sun arcs high in the sky, but during the winter, it arcs lower, closer to the horizon.
How can we observe the effects of solstice ourselves? On the day of the solstice, stand outside at noon and look at your shadow. It’s the longest shadow that you’ll cast all year! Do this again on the day of the summer solstice and you’ll see almost no shadow.
Celebrating Yule: Time :
Yule is a midwinter festival celebrated by Germanic people, a celebration to the Norse God, Odin and a Pagan holiday called Modraniht. It revolves around thanking the Gods and Goddesses for what you have as well as celebrating nature and its changes. … Yule is celebrated for twelve days, starting on the Winter Solstice which is today.
Family project; making a yule log.
To make a basic Yule log, you will need the following:
- A log about 14 – 18” long.
- Pine cones.
- Dried berries, such as cranberries.
- Cuttings of mistletoe, holly, pine needles, and ivy.
- Feathers and cinnamon sticks.
- Some festive ribbon – use paper or cloth ribbon, not the synthetic or wire-lined type.
- A hot glue gun.