Yule is the celebration of the Light, of the sun and of the son. It is the longest night of the year, but in the very moment of the triumph of the Dark, the Light returns. It is the essential truth and contradiction – in the moment of greatest triumph lie the seeds of defeat. The sun returns. In mythology, this is also the time when the Mother gives birth to the son of light – no subtlety here with regard to the Christian mythos. In some traditions, this is where the Holly King and the Oak King battle and the Holly King (the winter tree) is doomed to be defeated. Yule is a time of great celebration – the sun and light/life will return once again! Almost all symbols and actions associated with Yule and the Christian Christmas come from the Norse and are related to light, evergreen and life.
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