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“Feast of Juul – This was a festival from Scandinavia during the winter solstice. Traditionally during the feast, great fires were lit to pay respect to live and warmth and a Yule (Juul) log was placed in the fire as an tribute to Thor.”
Feast of Juul, Golden Record.
“The December solstice is the Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere … The day has astronomical, cultural and religious significance.”
Holidays and Traditions around the December solstice, Time and Date.
“In modern times Christians all over the world celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ on Christmas, which falls on December 25. However, it is believed that this date was chosen to offset pagan celebrations of Saturnalia and Natalis Invicti. … Christmas is also referred to as Yule, which may have derived from the Norse word jól, referring to the pre-Christian winter solstice festival. Yule is also known as Alban Arthan and was one of the “Lesser Sabbats” of the Wiccan year … The Feast of Juul was a pre-Christian festival observed in Scandinavia at the time of the December solstice. Fires were lit to symbolize the heat, light and life-giving properties of the returning sun. A Yule or Juul log was brought in and burned on the hearth in honor of the Scandinavian god Thor.”
Winter Solstice, T&T Spiritual & Wellness Connections.
“Christmas and Hanukkah may be overshadowing everything else during December, but pagans have been celebrating Yule for much longer, to mark the winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere and the rebirth of the sun.”
Winter Solstice 2014: Interesting Pagan Yule Traditions and Facts About Shortest Day of the Year, International Business Times.
“The winter solstice marks the longest night and shortest day of the year … Many ancient cultures marked the solstice with rituals and celebrations. The Romans held a weeklong festival called Saturnalia around the solstice, which honored the god Saturn and involved rituals like feasts, sacrifices and gift-giving. Ancient Egyptians honored the rebirth of Ra, the god of the sun. Celts in the British Isles held a celebration during the midwinter solstice as well, and some of their traditions, like gathering mistletoe, persist to this day. … The birth of Jesus Christ is celebrated on Dec. 25, or Christmas Day, all around the world. But there is no biblical evidence of Jesus’ birth falling on this date. Early Christians debated when it should be celebrated, and some theories suggest that because the Romans already celebrated a festival around the solstice, Christians chose the date to appease the pagans and Romans and co-opt the holiday for their religious needs. Yule, the ancient name for Christmas, may come from jol, a Scandinavian winter solstice festival.”
Winter Solstice 2015: Facts About Pagan Yule Holidays, Wicca Traditions, Ties To Christmas, International Business Times.
“Modern Christians all over the world celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ on Christmas … Christmas is sometimes referred to as Yule. The word “yule” may have derived from the Norse word jól or juul, referring to a pre-Christian winter solstice festival. This took place annually around the time of the December solstice and lasted for 12 days. (The Lesser Sabbats fall on the solstices and equinoxes.) Yuletide comes from Yule + –tide (“period around a holiday”), from the Old English tīd (“time”) The Feast of Juul was observed in Scandinavia at this winter solstice and fires were lit to symbolize the heat, light and life-giving properties of the returning sun.”
Yuletide, Weekends in Paradelle.
“Most Danes go all out when it comes to planning and celebrating Christmas, or Jul. Below are a few things you should do to celebrate a true Dansk Jul..”
A Danish Christmas, FYI Denmark.