Merry Meet friends! I’m taking a quick stop from all the busyness of moving and preparations for Yule and Christmas to write a quick post. It’s been a very strange Yuletide season for me this year. With my broken leg hindering..well everything!..I am trying to do, our move, and the very warm, gloomy weather we’ve been having, it just hasn’t felt like Yule time to me. However, we are semi settled in our new home (which we love!), the weather is getting colder and we may see our first snowflakes on Thursday, and well..I have to get busy shopping for food and gifts cause I’ve run out of time to put it off! LOL.
I have been enjoying holiday shows on tv and holiday music too. I’ve done most of my gift shopping online this year but I’m heading out tomorrow for some stocking stuffers, gift cards and a few more gifts. Then I’m going to get lots of gift bags cause I don’t have much time to wrap! Again..a strange year this year 🙂
I am mostly looking forward to Yule night. It’ll be a quiet night for me..I’m going to be sure to make it so. A solitary ritual with simple candle and greenery…some meditation and focusing on the longest night, spending time with Goddess and meditating on what I would like for the next year to bring. Though it’s been a rough year for me I am more Blessed then not and have much to be thankful for. I just know 2013 is going to be a good year for my family…especially with my new grandson who will make an appearance in mid January!
I am going to post a favorite Yule poem. I’ve posted it before but I love it so much I’m posting it again. It says ..for me..what Yule is all about. I hope you enjoy it.
“So the shortest day came, and the year died,
And everywhere down the centuries of the snow-white world
Came people singing, dancing,
To drive the dark away.
They lighted candles in the winter trees;
They hung their homes with evergreen;
They burned beseeching fires all night long
To keep the year alive, And when the new
year’s sunshine blazed awake
They shouted, reveling.
Through all the frosty ages you can hear them
Echoing behind us – Listen!!
All the long echoes sing the same delight,
This shortest day,
As promise wakens in the sleeping land:
They carol, fest, give thanks,
And dearly love their friends,
And hope for peace.
And so do we, here, now,
This year and every year.
– Susan Cooper, The Shortest Da
I wish all of you a very Joyous and Magickal Yule. May the Goddess and God Bless you and yours and bring you great Love, Peace and Happiness.
Many Blessings, Autumn