Bright and merry solstice to you! Did you know that the popular carol "Deck the Halls" is a Yule song that has no Christan themes in it? Ellen Dugan writes in Llewelyn's Sabbat's Almanac, "From the 'blazing Yule before us' to 'troll(ing) the ancient Yuletide carol,' this old ditty is thought to be Welsh in origin and has been around since at least the sixteenth century." And on this note, she humorously cajoles, "Come on people, get into the spirit of the holiday season."
I adore Christmas colors and though I'm not a churchgoer, I celebrate what the season brings out in people. And as I go deeper into traditions that speak to my Celtic soul, there can be an organic partaking, since we see these echoes -- in carols and the sight of holly everywhere -- of what went before.
My decor this year is simple. The stockings are hung, and I brought a holly branch in and it's now next to the white candle that I lit in my ritual circle yesterday. This has not been an easy year for us, and many we know. All the more reason to breathe in the elevated vibe and the brief disengaging of the commercial mentality that happens as we get closer to Christmas Day. It's an opening, for relaxed good will that ripples out, and has a certain magic to it. However you celebrate, I wish you and yours days of deep meaning, a joyful heart and renewal!Getty Images