Winter Solstice – a Mystical Magical Time of Year for Celebration

Long before St. Nick and a star over a birth in Bethlehem, people from all across the globe were celebrating Winter Solstice (the longest night / amount of darkness) with the giving of presents, cutting and bringing in of trees and other greenery, the lighting of candles, and many other traditions that were then adopted and incorporated into the holiday now known as Christmas.

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I’ve compiled some information about these traditions for your reading / learning pleasure …

Christmas Tree tradition comes from many different cultures from the ancient Egyptians and Romans to the Celtics, Druids, and Vikings. For an in depth look, here is a link from History.com: http://www.history.com/topics/history-of-christmas-trees

The use of tree ornaments first appeared as apples were tied to trees as a reminder in Scandinavia, where it would stay dark for several weeks, that the sun would return.

The Yule Log tradition comes from the Scandinavian festival of Juul in honor of the God Thor.

Presents were given of fruit, dolls, and candles in the Ancient Roman Saturnia festival honoring the God Saturn.

Decking the Halls also came from the Saturnia festival as garlands laurel and green trees lit with candles were used as part of the celebration.

Candles were mentioned above as part of the Roman Saturnia festival and in Jesus’ own Jewish tradition, there is the lighting of the Menorah during Hanukkah (Chanukah)

Christmas Parades are also from the Saturnia festival while Christmas Caroling could easily have been fashioned after the chanting and singing with torches festivals held in India.

Santa and Stockings come from both St. Nicholas who gave gifts to children and the celebration for the Norse God Odin who had long white hair with a long white beard. The children would put their boots filled with carrots and straw near the chimney for Odin’s horse to eat. Odin would fill the empty boots with gifts.

Mistletoe was hung in the homes of Druids for good luck and used as a sign of love and friendship in Norse mythology.

 

Ancient History at About.com:

http://ancienthistory.about.com/od/winterholidays/p/WinterHolidays.htm

Wikipedia:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winter_solstice

National Geographic:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2002/12/1220_021220_solstice_2.html

The Smithsonian:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/Mistletoe-The-Evolution-of-a-Christmas-Tradition.html

The Christian Science Monitor:

http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/2011/1222/Winter-solstice-time-to-celebrate-brighter-days-ahead/%28page%29/2

The BBC:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/paganism/holydays/wintersolstice.shtml

Time and Date:

http://www.timeanddate.com/calendar/december-solstice-customs.html

http://x4mr.blogspot.com/2010/12/christmas-winter-solstice-history.html

 

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