Yule and Yuletide (Christmastide) is a celebration of light and warmth and a season of diversity and joy…the happiest time of the year for most.
The winter holidays are celebrated by all religions around the globe; some call it Christmas or Hanukkah, others call it Los Posadas, Ta Chiu or Yule, etc. Yule is celebrated by those who, like myself follow the Wheel of the Year. I am called to nature, the moon, the elements and the turning of the seasons, it is my personal connection to the Divine. Yule falls on or around December 21st in observance of the rebirth of the sun, born annually from the Goddess. I simply LOVE all the festivities!
It’s no coincidence that Yule falls on the Winter Solstice, the longest night of the year. Following the Solstice, days grow longer and the sun remains in sight for a longer period of time daily until the Summer Solstice in June (the longest day and shortest night of the year), signifying the growth of the sun after its rebirth.
Yule and the Winter Solstice is a time for reflection, resolution and renewal. Whatever your religious beliefs, the winter holidays provide us with traditions and rituals to celebrate the balance of light and dark, and for welcoming the sun and warmth back into our world.
This article is filled with my favorite tips, ideas, rituals and links to recipes that will guide you in creating a holiday season that’s fit for a Goddess.
Holiday Cleaning Ritual
Do a full house cleaning. I perform a Sacred House Cleaning at the change of every season… yes, time to break out the cleaning supplies (I recommend – all natural cleansers of course!) and begin scrubbing and organizing. Get the New Year started with a clean slate, literally and figuratively. Anything that needs purging should be donated, thrown away or you can do like I do… I monetize my “junk” by having a garage sale in early spring. There’s an old saying “One mans junk is another mans treasure”.
Releasing & Purging Ritual
Yule & Christmas is the perfect time to purge or release what no longer serves you. Purging and releasing makes room for massive abundance to come into your life. You can perform a formal or informal ceremony and you can perform the ceremony alone or with others, there really aren’t any rules. When you’re ready, sit in quiet place and write down on a piece of paper everything you’d like to get rid of… for example bad habits, toxic mindsets, relationships or people, twenty pounds, etc. Once you’ve written down all that you desire to purge, throw the paper in a roaring fire or bury it in the earth (if you can did a hole!). I use my wood-burning stove or fire to release. As I watch the paper burn, I visualize all that I desire to release going away with the shriveling paper. Very effective!
Set A Festive Mood
Decorate your home and office with seasonal items like evergreens, holly, mistletoe, poinsettias, a decorated tree, candles, twinkling lights, wreaths, a Yule log, listen to seasonal music, diffuse citrus or pine essential oils, etc. I usually decorate in traditional colors (red, gold and green) and plaids… but I really LOVE all of the theme colors you see out there these days; neon bright ornaments on white trees, peacock colors (turquoise, emerald and purple), soft Victorian pink, mauve and cream, etc. There is a color palate to fit every whim! Here is an interesting fact about evergreens: for centuries, people believed that evergreens had power over death and destruction and enough tenacity to urge the coming of the sun because their green never faded and the leaves never fell from their branches like other trees, shrubs and plants.
Eat Seasonal Foods
Eating seasonably is one of the simplest things you can easily implement to be healthier all while helping the planet at the same time. By eating seasonably, you get your body in tune with the changing of the seasons. In winter, eat more warming foods. Remember the principle that foods taking longer to grow are generally more warming than foods that grow quickly. All of the animal foods fall into the warming category including fish, chicken, beef, lamb, and venison. So do most of the root vegetables, including carrot, turnip, onions and garlic. Eggs also fit in here, as do nuts. Here is a list of foods you should eat more of during winter and don’t forget to make some Spiced Wassail!
Do you have any holiday rituals or traditions that you’d like to share with our global Goddess Community? We’d love to hear them, please put you comments below!
Wishing you a blessed and festive holiday season!