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The Winter Solstice is the shortest day and the longest night of the year. The dark wins but only briefly. From now on, the nights get shorter & the days grow longer. Many of the customs associated with Winter Solstice (& other midwinter festivals such as St Lucy’s Day, Saturnalia, Hanukkah & Twelfth Night) derive from stories of a mighty battle between dark & light, which is won, by the light. Other traditions say this is the time a savior (the Sun Child) is born to a virgin mother.

The Winter Solstice is the shortest day and the longest night of the year.

Yule: Oldest winter celebration - Roots stretching to ancient times - Traditions enduring today.

★ Yule ★ ☙ Celtic Wheel of the Year Sam Symonds illustrator - Card Shop, based in Norfolk ❧

Mistletoe was also a sacred plant to the druids who had a ritual of cutting it from the holy oaks with a golden sickle six days after the new moon closest to the winter solstice.

Winter Solstice (Dec Each day after the Winter Solstice becomes longer until the Summer Solstice, when each day becomes shorter and shorter, until the Winter Solstice (shortest day of the year).

Might use these on a pint glass for the wedding...

Malt and hop leaves isolated on white in floral style. Vector version also available in gallery - buy this stock illustration on Shutterstock & find other images.

The Celtic celebration of the winter solstice was called the Alban Arthuan, one  of four celebrations that marked the solstice and equinox positions of the sun.  Alban Arthuan was a festival of peace and a celebration of waxing solar light.  Many honored the forthcoming Sun child by burning an oaken Yule log, and  honored the Goddess in her many Mother aspects. The Father God was honored in  various forms: as Santa Claus, the Old Sky God, Father Time, and the Holly King.

The Celtic celebration of the winter solstice was called the Alban Arthuan, one…

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