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Happy Midwinter/Yule

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I am such a "write to learn" person. I just figured out something in my card reading system, that I have been stuck on for awhile, dealing with activity levels at different times of the year. Analyzing MY activity level at the different times of the year, compared to the activity of the Earth and other people on it has been quite enlightening!

 

Thank you to everyone who made my participation in this thread possible!

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.... And "best" has more to do with ME, and less to do with what OTHERS want and expect.

 

I always end out "doing" more for Imbolc than Winter Solstice, but I can't say that Imbolc ends out being more significant, because of that. The events arrive rhythmically each year, and I often respond to them in the same rhythms, some more actively or passively than others. Now that I think about it, don't some traditions focus on the cross quarter days and NOT actively celebrate the solstices and equinoxes any more actively than a moon?...

 

As to the importance of any specific holiday, I would say that it depends on whatever particular tradition a specific person follows. One thing I have learned from my path is that there are certain things that are expected of me. My path is less about me than it is about the bonds and relationships I maintain, and as such (and as in any relationship) certain things are expected from both sides. Would the sun stop rising and the Earth stop turning if didn't do these things? No, of course not. But my relationship with the things I claim as kindred would, I believe, suffer if I did not do certain things or if I took those relationships for granted.

 

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happy christmas eve, a bit weird I know but all my grandchildren are waiting for father christmas to come down the chimney. Me? Im waiting for 2013 to come so I can put away all the crap from this one. 2012 may not have brought any end of the world but its been one crap year from beginning to end, roll on 2013

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Happy Almost-Xmas-Eve (it's not yet midnight here, lol). Unusual post for you, but I like it... For me new year will be on the 25th, and the 24th will be a time to say my thank yous and leave out gifts in the hedge for the hedge-mothers. I hope 2013 is a better year for you... it is a new beginning, and hope is part of the season :-)

 

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As to the importance of any specific holiday, I would say that it depends on whatever particular tradition a specific person follows. One thing I have learned from my path is that there are certain things that are expected of me. My path is less about me than it is about the bonds and relationships I maintain, and as such (and as in any relationship) certain things are expected from both sides. Would the sun stop rising and the Earth stop turning if didn't do these things? No, of course not. But my relationship with the things I claim as kindred would, I believe, suffer if I did not do certain things or if I took those relationships for granted.

 

M

 

Interesting. I don't have any significant bonds and relationships with kindred that have yule expectations--at least not yet.

 

I find "traditional" to be so interesting, because traditions are so different from person to person, family to family, and culture to culture.

 

As always, after I think on what you say for awhile, it...awakens questions, questions that unfold over months to come. I'm already starting to have a few questions. Hmm. Thanks for sharing. This has been a thought provoking thread for me.

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My solstice was rather quiet. I am the only one in the family that celebrates solstice, but my husband was kind enough to "get into it" with me (the kids were at grandmas). I made some good food and dessert, we had a small outside fire and I put some wishes in it-it was nice. The family does celebrate x-mas, although the kids are older now, so no belief in Santa (miss those days actually-kids grow up so fast).

 

Ready for 2013 to kick off next week!

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I did not do anything really. Have a lot of junk going on. I did get a spurt of energy on the 23rd and cleaned, rearranged, and moved beds. I hope everyone had a great Yule and has a wonderful 2013. I hope my luck changes for 2013.

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I am exhausted between the Yuletide, solstice and Christmas celebrations duties and rituals I just want to hibernate for a week. My husband and I agreed many moons ago to celebrate each of our beliefs equally so our children could bennifit from learning about both of them. Which is great but the amount of perpetration cleaning and cleansing involved is crazy. My husbands family thinks I'm a bit nuts but its the time of year that I just ignore it.

 

I thought I would share one of the we things I did this year that I found fulfilling and kind of fun.

 

Each year I hand out Christmas crackers to our Christmas Eve guests for those who are unfamiliar with these they are small gifts that when you pull the ends they crack apart and have a small gift inside like a pen or necklace plus a paper hat and jokes. So this year I attached some holly to each end with a bit of wire before handing them out then after each person was through I asked for the holly back and attached it to my evergreen wreath which is currently hanging on my front door. Because of the way I attached the wire it scratched them a bit while they where pulling them apart. So now I have a bit of each one of them the idea at the time was a spell to make the night one of bonding and coming together which worked out great for once there wasn't a Christmas fight. Anyway I have decided I shouldn't just toss the wreath away now but I'm unsure what I want to do with it or if I should just snip off the important bits. Ahhh dilemmas I'm thinking I will lip lock bag and label them but well I'm just not sure lol.

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Bumping to wish everyone in the Northern hemisphere a Merry Solstice. Personally, the period between Solstice and Imbolc is my favorite time of year. Out with the old, in with the new. 

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Today it didn't feel like the solstice.  I just left the land of ice and snow and today it was about 60 degrees. Green grass for the solstice...so weird. I am all kinds of off.

 

Spent the day shopping and wrapping gifts. We will do some other celebrations in a few days or so when the in laws are gone. 

 

Happy Solstice everyone!

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I celebrated with a bath (pine/rosemary oil and handcrafted soap) to cast away the old year, then lit bayberry incense and red candle in the evening that burned to morning.  Prayers and asked blessings of my ancestors, home protection spell, and set intentions for the new year.

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I enjoyed the day, little rituals, although I have not celebrated "Winter Solstice" as such in the past ( except the last few years) I always welcomed the coming and going of the seasons. This Solstice was welcomed in with a cold day and heavy blanket of snow. I baked with the kids, made and lit my ice candles, and enjoyed the day. :)

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Happy Midwinter/Winter Solstice!

 

I celebrated with a renewing of my pact with the spirits of the dead. I also concentrated on letting the past go and looking forward to a brighter future.

 

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Happy Midwinter everyone! I'm saving most of my celebrations for Christmas Eve, since I'm living with my Christian parents until I find a job that pays enough to cover gas, rent, groceries, and student loans, and it just seems fitting. Also I got scheduled to work Christmas Day, and I know I'm going to be too tired afterwards for anything significant. I'm having a fire tonight that will disperse some of the energy from my Halloween workings, I'm going to offer some of the chestnuts my family is going to be roasting to anything that might want to come and peacefully enjoy my fire, and I'm going to work some magic through music to bring my year to an end and ask for fortune, peace, and success for myself and my loved ones and the things we care about in the year to come.

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Happy Winter Solstice everyone!

 

I did a little shoutout yesterday but I'm interested to know how others celebrate this day and time of year. Christmas has always been a joyous occasion in my family and we celebrate it like so many do. Being the only one with my beliefs though I've only ever done my own little thing for the Solstice. I treat it like a warm up to Christmas or the start of the festivities I should say. I like to reflect and be thankful, welcoming the light for the coming year. 

 

 

 

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I'm a bit late to the party. I had planned to go to a Solstice celebration but was tired and run down. Instead we settled for bringing in some holly, lighting a special candle and the fire and giving our daughter a Solstice gift. It was quiet but nice.

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Sorry this is kind of off-topic but I wanted to join in. It's been Midsummer here. My way of celebrating was to spend time thinking about plans for the future, and making wishes about the best and most achievable things I could imagine. Season's Greetings

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I opted for ignoring the giant family party next door (socializing wasn’t appealing, and my husband is currently 10 hours away  :(  ), so I curled up with delicious food from a local deli, a pile of books, and the hellhounds for basically my entire three day weekend. I've got a nice ritual planned for New Years, though, that will probably be the extend of my celebrating this year. 


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