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Yule – Winter Solstice Yule, also known as the Winter Solstice, is the time of the year when the Pagan Community celebrates the rebirth of the Sun. It marks the end of the Dark part of the year that goes from Summer Solstice to Winter Holiday and the return of the Light. As many religions borrow from their predecessors, Christianity also celebrates the birth of Jesus, son of God. Some of the symbols used for Christmas have their origin in the Pagan roots. One example is the Christmas Tree is known as the Yule Log and it comes from the Celtic Druids who decorated the evergreen trees with all the images of the things they wished the waxing year to hold for them. Wreaths are also a symbol used originally by Paganism to symbolize the wheel of life and the cycles of life and how the wheel keeps turning with the changing seasons. As with the story of baby Jesus, the Celtic tradition has the tale of the Fight for Supremacy between the Holly King and the Oak King. This fight takes place twice during the year, once in Summer Solstice and one during Winter Solstice. Depending of the time of the year one king or the other wins. During Winter Solstice, it is the Oak King (king of the waxing year) who kill the Holly King (king of the waning year). This fight symbolizes the light wining over the darkness and bringing the light back to the land. There are several activities that can be practiced during this celebration but one of the most popular is storytelling and pathworking as the nights are long and it is cold so it is nice to gather around the fire and tell stories of the past or work on guided journeys that take us to far away lands. Singing and music is also a great activity for this holiday. Many traditions use the Winter Solstice as a holiday where they create candles and exchange them as the light is returning slowly but it is a symbol of the light. This is a practice that I enjoy greatly since my community follows that. Blessings, Carolina A. Amor Presiding Priestess of Circulo de Isis www.circulodeisis.org Member of the Archdruid Union https://sites.google.com/site/fellowshipofisiscentral/fellowship-of-isis-foundation-union-triad---archdruid-union Founder of Tienda Roja https://www.facebook.com/groups/441201419296609/