Tonight we experience the longest night of the year, and the return of the light. It’s my favorite day of the year. I count my blessings, set my goals for the future, and cook up a special dinner.
Ancient pagans of northern Europe celebrated a twelve-day winter solstice holiday called Yule. Many modern Christmas traditions, such as the Christmas tree, the Christmas wreath, and Yule log are descendants of pagan Yule customs.
As for me, I relish the change in the seasons, and the ever-changing aspects of nature. This morning, I saw a bufflehead duck emerge from the fog out on the lake with the sun in a halo behind him–beautiful (if very cold).
It’s also a great time to enjoy a good book. Here’s a link to some of mine.
May your days be peaceful and full of light.