I'm counting the days - only 7 left to go. No that is not a typing error I mean Thursday 22nd December. Why? I hear you ask. Well that will be the Winter Equinox this year - the shortest day and longest night of the year. After that the days will begin to lengthen and the mornings and evenings to become lighter. Now that is something worth celebrating! The above photo was taken this morning at 8.00 am - how thankful I am that I no longer have to leave the house to go to work at that time.Winter Solstice is a largely forgotten celebration coming as Christmas preparations are taking place, which all too often focus is on the commercial aspect of the festival. The Solstice is however, the complete antithesis of the commercialised Christmas celebrations. Also known as ‘Yule’, the Solstice is generally celebrated on the 21st of December, (although the astronomical date changes from year to year – this year the actual Solstice takes place on the 22nd). It is the traditional time to celebrate the truly important things in life: family, children, home and looking forward to a good year to come. Surely this can tie in nicely with the Christian celebration which after all takes many of its traditions from the pagan festival. Yule is a time that honours love and new birth, as well as the collective unity of man. Just as Christmas celebrates the birth of Christ, Yule celebrates the birth of the Sun God - child of the Goddess in the Pagan belief system. It is however primarily the celebration of the rebirth of the Sun and I can't see why, whatever your religious persuasion, this cannot be a time for celebration especially for us living in the northern hemisphere where the lack of sunlight at this time of year is so depressing. It seems to me that religion is not a one size fits all sort of thing and I don't see why we shouldn't pick and mix taking those aspects of other religions which appeal to us as individuals and incorporating them with our own religious beliefs. I am sure there will be some who throw up their hands in horror at my suggestion but I am going to celebrate the shortest day and Christmas!!
Thank you all for you kind comments on previous posts - all much appreciated. I now have an appointment for 25th January when I will discover the results of my scan.