It’s officially Winter again, y’all! Depending on where you live, the weather may have given the impression much sooner. In my neck of Appalachia, though, it’s been wishy-washy. Some days were incredibly cold; others, not so much.
Today’s warm enough that a long sleeve shirt or light jacket may be all you need. The forecast for Christmas day is 55 degrees F. No White Christmas this year.
There have been many changes at the ol’ homeplace, as I’ve landed a job outside the home, so we’re figuring out our Yule holiday for this year a bit on the fly. Obviously, I’ll be lighting our Oak Yule log and probably anoint the candles in it with Pine essential oil. Frankincense and Oakmoss oils are also under consideration.
(If you’ve missed my previous post on Yule, it touches on the almost-universal holiday tradition of lighting candles and the Celtic tree associations…Oak (my personal favorite) represents wisdom, strength, and protection while Pine represents prosperity and good health…planning on a more comprehensive post on those at some point)
I’ll likely make pork for dinner and drink some bourbon or egg nog. If I can find some gingerbread cookies when I hit the store later (as I ran out of time to make any), that’ll be a plus too. But, the important thing is being together as a family to celebrate the heralding of the Winter season and all that it represents – a season of:
- Contentment and contemplation
- Planning the next year’s “busy seasons” at a more relaxed pace
- Enjoying the bounty of the previous season’s harvest
- Slowing down and taking the moment as it is, for what it is
Whether you celebrate Yule, one of the many other Winter holidays, or even none at all, I hope you all have a great time with loved ones and get a chance to relax.
For more on Yule traditions, recipes and Celtic tree associations, check out the following links:
Sacred Earth Journeys – Yule Traditions & Symbols
What’s Your Sign – Celtic Meaning of Symbolic Trees & The Ogham
Recipes for a Pagan Soul – Yule
Greenhaven Tradition – Preparing for Yule (includes detailed info and holiday rits)