My readers who have been following the Crossroads for awhile might recall that last year, to celebrate the Winter Solstice, I did a month’s worth of posts entitled “The Yule Series” in which I shared information about various aspects of the season’s holiday celebrations – such topics as the meaning of solstice, the return of the sun, old woman winter, the boar’s head, celebrating the new year, etc. etc.
Rather than re-publishing all of these different posts (I think there are around 25 all together), I am simply going to list them here with links, so that my readers can simply click on the titles and go to the various posts to learn more.
I encourage all of my readers to go to these various posts to learn more about the holiday season. I will also try to post some new topics as my time permits… with a new job and the fact that my computer has died and must be replaced; blogging is not something I can do with the frequency I would desire.
Allow me to take this opportunity to wish all of you a most joyous holiday season as we prepare to welcome the Winter Solstice.
THE YULE SERIES
An introduction into the Winter Solstice and why we celebrate it
Test your knowledge about the Winter Solstice with this quiz!
This post explains exactly what the Winter Solstice is and why we celebrate it
The welcoming back of the sun at an ancient site in Ireland
The sun and its importance in the celebration of the Winter Solstice
Learning about the Cailleach… the deity who personifies this time of year
A beautiful song by Gordon Bok which expresses the meaning of this time of year
(to be read on December 21st!)
A ritual for the Winter Solstice
(to be read on December 26!)
An introduction to the true meaning of the twelve days of Christmas
(to be read from December 26th – December 29th)
A study of the first four days of the Twelve Days of Christmas
(to be read on December 30th!)
This posts describes the ancient custom of “bringing in the boar”…
(to be read on December 30th as well!)
How to bring in the boar if you don’t feel like beheading a pig
(to be read on December 31st!)t
Traditions of celebrating New Year’s Eve
to be read on December 31st!)
How New Year’s Eve is celebrated in one village in Scotland
(to be read on December 31st!)
Rituals and folk customs for New Year’s Eve
(to be read on January 1st!)
Discussing the history of New Year’s Day
(to be read on January 1st also!)
Divining the future on New Year’s Day
(to be read on January 2nd!)
Celebrating the importance of snow for the Yule season
(to be read the first week of January)
A story about the origin of the evergreen tree
(to be read on January 5th – the evening before Epiphany)
Discussing the customs of the Twelfth Night)
(also to be read on January 5th)
How to make your own Twelfth night cakes for celebrating Epiphany