We wish you a merry Solstice. Or whatever...
Posted: Sun Dec 19, 2010 5:25 pm
A nice little bit of history.
Read more here: http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/co ... 64292.htmlKaty Guest: We wish you a merry Solstice. Or whatever...
Light of the world or warmth in the gloom? Our writer on Pagans
The next time two smartly dressed young people knock at your door, keep you chatting as if they're casing the joint and then ask you whether you really understand the true meaning of Christmas, try this: invite them in, brew up some hot mead, and explain to them patiently about a time 2,000 years ago when early Christians went in search of an arbitrary date on which to celebrate an event of middling theological importance in their fledgling religion.
Sitting around a festive Yule tree (redolent of the Norse god Ullr), decorated in tiny, glittering symbols of the end of darkness and the return to light, watch their little faces light up as you share seasonal offerings of meat and sprouts, in communion with the seasonal generosity of nature. Soon they will understand the true meaning of the Winter Solstice.