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Yule - What do You Celebrate?

Posted: Thu Dec 10, 2009 6:11 am
by Crazy Healer Lady
(So many Yule posts, compared to other holidays!)

Some Pagans celebrate the return of the sun on the Solstice. Some honour the battle of the Holly and Oak Kings. Some celebrate the birth of the God aspect of God/Goddess.

What do you celebrate this time of year?

Re: Yule - What do You Celebrate?

Posted: Thu Dec 10, 2009 4:20 pm
by Kitsune
Well, Yule is my favourite of the festivals... comes with having my birthday so dark close to it, I think. :lol: #-o

Honestly, I celebrate a little of each of those, but my main celebration is purely solar... I celebrate the return of the sun. The other things I mainly celebrate at this time of year is the battle between the the Holly and the Oak kings, and the Goddess reborn. I see the cold days between this Yule and Imbolc to be the darkest time of the goddess. She is past the crone stage, and not quite the maiden. This is her dark time of full rest and this is her time of dreaming, and thus creates the world anew in her thoughts before creating the first growth of plant and petal.

Yeah, I know. A bit on the odd side. What do you all celebrate.

Re: Yule - What do You Celebrate?

Posted: Thu Dec 10, 2009 7:29 pm
by Kystar
I sort of celebrate the Year's End...the Last Month...and a bit of the return of the Sun comes into things.

I've taken up the "Go Out with a BANG" sort of philosophy towards the month of December.

I can't really think of a better way to say it.

Re: Yule - What do You Celebrate?

Posted: Sun Dec 13, 2009 6:14 pm
by Willow
Rebirth, I kind of think of this as the gestation period for the next season, a time for calming and centering, and celebrating home and heath (seeing is that is where I am mostly confined because of the weather).

And santa...I love santa :-D

Re: Yule - What do You Celebrate?

Posted: Mon Dec 14, 2009 6:38 am
by Hytegia
I celebrate the essence of Night, and the coming of warmer times in the future. A promise that the World will come full-Circle (pun intended) and warmer and brighter days to come.
I enjoy all the aspects of the Year - and I like Yule because it's the most Pagan-like holiday celebrated en masse of the World.

Re: Yule - What do You Celebrate?

Posted: Mon Dec 14, 2009 10:12 am
by Kystar
Hytegia wrote:and I like Yule because it's the most Pagan-like holiday celebrated en masse of the World.
Oh, but you should see those dyed-in-the-wool Christians who think that their religion has the patent on everything bristle and cringe and bellow when you point out what parts of the Christmas holiday traditions were drawn from older pagan practices! backoff: backoff:

When I used to work, it was my favorite pass-time around this time of year...to point out historical references that show that This tradition came from the Celts, this one came from the Norse, and let's not forget the Greeks and Romans! I think I'm a little bit of a B*^ch sometimes! :-" :-" :-" :badgrin: :badgrin: :badgrin:

Re: Yule - What do You Celebrate?

Posted: Mon Dec 14, 2009 7:01 pm
by Crazy Healer Lady
Good on you, Kystar!

Re: Yule - What do You Celebrate?

Posted: Mon Dec 14, 2009 7:07 pm
by Kystar
:-D :-D :-D

I'm glad someone approves!

Re: Yule - What do You Celebrate?

Posted: Tue Dec 15, 2009 6:09 am
by Willow
I whole heartedly approve!

Re: Yule - What do You Celebrate?

Posted: Wed Dec 16, 2009 6:23 am
by Hytegia
I had an argument in Debate Class over the origins of Christmas and the saying of "Happy Holidays."
In an unplanned and last-second turn of events... I basically went:
"It's not even a Christian Holiday - so I don't know what you're talking about."

xD

That sparked a hearty argument - especially when I brought up the fact that in 1411 the Pope declared that Christ's birthday be changed from mid-June to Yule (the Company policy at that time turned to "consecrate the Tree in the name of Jesus, then let them meet there every week" sorta deal, instead of "BURN TEH WITCHEZ") in order for the transition to easily be worked upon.
Unfortunately, it ended with the other person stomping off the podium and leaving me with a HUGE frowny-face from a bunch of people...

O.o

Come to think of it, I'm not entirely sure that it was good that I won.

Re: Yule - What do You Celebrate?

Posted: Wed Dec 16, 2009 6:57 pm
by Dark Waters
Truth hurts sometimes, and moreso for the fanatic. I have to bite my tounge to keep from saying something similar everytime someone say Jesus is the reason for the season.

Re: Yule - What do You Celebrate?

Posted: Wed Dec 16, 2009 9:43 pm
by Kitsune
I always respond with, "No, The Sun is the reason for the Season... Enjoy your deities as you wish though." I don't usually get much of a chance to speak with them afterwards. Although this could be the reason people avoid saying anything other than "Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas" sort of stuff to me during these holidays... :lol:

Re: Yule - What do You Celebrate?

Posted: Mon Dec 21, 2009 1:04 pm
by Rowan
I don't celebrate anything. At least not anymore. I just... don't care anymore. It's sad to say, but true. Celebrating to me means something happy is going on and I feel far from happy. Very far.

Re: Yule - What do You Celebrate?

Posted: Sat Dec 26, 2009 10:57 am
by Max
I love a good party. I'm happy to make merry with my family at Christmas but I follow the solar cycle. I also celebrate the end of the year/start of the new calendar year. I read Ragnar-DW-Hytegia's conversation about considering the lunar cycle at Yule (Thread: 'Awkward Happenings'), and couldn't help thinking..'ooh another party...' Any excuse :-D

Re: Yule - What do You Celebrate?

Posted: Sat Dec 26, 2009 10:44 pm
by Kitsune
Well Max, you can always celebrate like me and my husband do. Yule following the solar traditions and you give one gift to your loved ones. Then on Twelfth Night (twelve Nights after Solstice, usually January 1st or 2nd) you go all out with the gifts to family and friends since the longer days are noticeable even to the "common" people who don't know when the sun rises and sets each day. Thus we affirm that our celebrations and rituals have welcomed back the God suffieciently (drawing his eyes back to us, even if now he is only just starting to gaze at us).

It works out wonderfully for me, and you get two parties instead of just one. :lol: