Christmas on Becca's Books | 'Our Christmas Tradition' by Shaz Goodwin, Jera's Jamboree

~ Our Christmas Tradition ~

By Shaz Goodwin, Jera's Jamboree

I’m sure you’ve all heard of the Winter Solstice – when it’s the shortest day (and longest night!) of the year.  Well, it is for us folk living in the Northern Hemisphere.  It’s when the sun’s daily maximum elevation in the sky is at its lowest.
Celebrations at the Winter Solstice centre round welcoming the return of the sun after the darkness and withdrawal of the winter months … even though it is midwinter, life will start to become more active!
One way we celebrate the solstice is with decorating our home with evergreens from the local woods.  When the boys were younger they used to love tramping through the woods and it was a special time for us to be together as a family. We used to make up stories as we went along and it always felt magical. We’ve kept the tradition alive and for me it always symbolises the start of Christmas with the excitement of sharing with loved ones and the community (and it’s the end of term too!). This year the solstice falls on 22nd December.
We always choose Holly (everlasting life, recovery, goodwill and life energy), Ivy (the search for ‘self’ and enlightenment) and Pine (renewal and prosperity).  All of these are evergreens which represent the everlasting life.

The mantelpiece, hearth, window sills and newel posts on the stairs all get a makeover.  I love the smell! and with minimum spritzing with just water, the decorations stay fresh until it’s time to remove the Christmas tree.

Here’s one of my Yule poems which celebrates this time of year:
This battle between, the dark and the light 
Takes place in the womb - in the depth of the night 
Before calling the light, we honour the dark 
Release resentment and regret - listen - hark! 
The dark's triumph is brief, the wheel takes a turn 
Fears have been confronted, as we grow and learn 
New life is ready to flourish, promise waiting to be born 
The Old King is no more, as the uterus is torn 
The child is born, in all worlds he has power 
We watch and wait, to welcome this hour

Enjoy your celebrations.
Blessings of the season.
Shaz x

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  1. Thank you for hosting me Becca. You're doing a fabulous job in spreading the festive spirit :) x

  2. I love this, it makes me feel so festive! Great to read about one of your Christmas traditions Shaz x