Yule and other ancient traditions. This section of our website is where we hope to bring those who are in tune with such things, a little bit of magic. It’s fascinating to realise that many of our present-day key dates and celebrations have ancient or Pagan roots, derived from the days when our ancestors were more at one with Mother Nature and/or the spirit world. We think these special festivals and traditions are magical and deserve to be preserved and observed which is why we include a few cards which we deem to be suitable for some of them in several other places on this website…Yule: The Pagan celebration of Winter Solstice (also known as Yule) is one of the oldest winter celebrations in the world. The Norsemen of Northern Europe saw the sun as a wheel that changed the seasons. It was from the word for this wheel, houl, that the word yule is thought to have come. The Winter Solstice falls on the shortest day of the year (21st December) and was celebrated in Britain long before the arrival of Christianity. The Druids (Celtic priests) would cut the mistletoe that grew on the oak tree and give it as a blessing. Many of these customs are still followed today. They have been incorporated into the Christian and secular celebrations of Christmas.
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