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(Message started by: Tiannia on Dec 22nd, 2003, 2:44pm)

Title: Blessed Yule
Post by Tiannia on Dec 22nd, 2003, 2:44pm
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Blessed Yule. I simply wanted to take this time to let you all know that I am extremely blessed to have found you all. May your lives be filled with the bounty of the coming year.

Tiannia and Family


Yule Lore... (Dec 21st or 22nd)
Yule, (pronounced EWE-elle) is when the dark half of the year relinquishes to the light half. Starting the next morning at sunrise, the sun climbs just a little higher and stays a little longer in the sky each day. Known as Solstice Night, or the longest night of the year, much celebration was to be had as the ancestors awaited the rebirth of the Oak King, the Sun King, the Giver of Life that warmed the frozen Earth and made her to bear forth from seeds protected through the fall and winter in her womb. Bonfires were lit in the fields, and crops and trees were "wassailed" with toasts of spiced cider.

Children were escorted from house to house with gifts of clove spiked apples and oranges which were laid in baskets of evergreen boughs and wheat stalks dusted with flour. The apples and oranges represented the sun, the boughs were symbolic of immortality, the wheat stalks portrayed the harvest, and the flour was accomplishment of triumph, light, and life. Holly, mistletoe, and ivy not only decorated the outside, but also the inside of homes. It was to extend invitation to Nature Sprites to come and join the celebration. A sprig of Holly was kept near the door all year long as a constant invitation for good fortune to pay visit to the residents.





Title: Re: Blessed Yule
Post by Melissa on Dec 22nd, 2003, 4:01pm
Thank you Tiannia!  May the upcoming year give you and your family many joys, lots of love and happy smiles!

love,
:)mel

Title: Re: Blessed Yule
Post by Kirk on Dec 22nd, 2003, 4:21pm
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Thank you

TTFN

Title: Re: Blessed Yule
Post by thomas on Dec 22nd, 2003, 4:23pm
Thanks Tiania, Merry (hopefully pf) CHristmas.

Title: Re: Blessed Yule
Post by Charlie on Dec 22nd, 2003, 5:50pm
A Happy Christmas and a bright PF New Year

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Charlie


Title: Re: Blessed Yule
Post by pubgirl on Dec 22nd, 2003, 7:12pm
Hope this is appropriate Tiannia, since Happy Christmas is an irrelevant good wish to you, I have tried to find a more suitable one.

Raise a glass and hail to the returning Sun, drink to the Old Gods, To the Holly, and the Oak and the Lady

best Yule wishes from Wendy



Title: Re: Blessed Yule
Post by Tiannia on Dec 22nd, 2003, 7:28pm
That was wonderful Wendy. Thank you.  

While I do not celebrate the religious holiday of Christmas, I do understand it and honor and accept the honest blssing that "Merry Christmas" mean.  Truly, it is the intent and not the words that matter.  

Blessed Holidays, no matter what it is that you celebrate. Be it Yule, Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa or whatever.

Tia

Title: Re: Blessed Yule
Post by jonny on Dec 22nd, 2003, 8:35pm
DAMN!!!!....I was hopeing that the title was a typo.

Oh well, Merry Christmas to all ;;D

..................................jonny

Title: Re: Blessed Yule
Post by Tiannia on Dec 23rd, 2003, 12:49am

on 12/22/03 at 20:35:07, jonny wrote:
DAMN!!!!....I was hopeing that the title was a typo.

Oh well, Merry Christmas to all ;;D

..................................jonny


It's ok Jonny, we know that you cant always be grumpy.  [smiley=bow.gif] [smiley=bow.gif] Hail to the King...

Title: Re: Blessed Yule
Post by floridian on Dec 23rd, 2003, 9:44am
Happy Yule to all.  I personally find more balance and meaning at the equinoxes, but maybe that is because I am episodic and the summer solstice has been a gateway for the beast to enter my life.  

Side note to Tiannia - I went camping under the Snaefell glacier with the Grand Godi of Iceland and a merry band of Asartru once - didn't convert, but had a good time.  If you ever come across the novel "Christianity at Glacier" by Nobel prize winner Halldor Laxness, you might want to give it a read - it deals with the interplay of Christianity and Asartru in Icelandic thought.    

Title: Re: Blessed Yule
Post by gmlevenhagen on Dec 23rd, 2003, 9:58am
[smiley=me&mb.gif] Celebrate safely to all that celebrate what is important to them 8)

Love ya guys

Gena



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