vrey good butterfliesforhope. Wiccans see yule as the birth of the God cause the sun repersents the God's birth as it comes back (days getting longer). Burning The yule log right before dawn is common to welcome the sun.
The Yule log is commonly wraped in the herds butterfliesforhope said. with the 3 candels ontop.
You'll note that many of what butterfliesforhope is accosated with Christmas as well. thats cause this acient ansester of this holiday is where Christmas came from
this is all about rebirth for Wiccans. a Renewal. Some Wiccans see this as the new year (while others see Samhain as new year)
It's actually called the winter solstic
& Good job butterflies on describing the holiday.
It seems to be a combination of New age & tradition.
It also depends on what practice & God you believe in. But regardless, it is the rebirth of the God(the celts noticed the sun seemed to stay still then on this day continue it's corse). I'ts held usually o nthe 23rd of the year.
You can google the information & seek out sites to describe it for you.
She got it off a site but yes, It is a great reference.
Symbolism of Yule:
Rebirth of the Sun, The longest night of the year, The Winter Solstice, Introspect, Planning for the Future.
Symbols of Yule:
Yule log, or small Yule log with 3 candles, evergreen boughs or wreaths, holly, mistletoe hung in doorways, gold pillar candles, baskets of clove studded fruit, a simmering pot of wassail, poinsettias, christmas cactus.
Herbs of Yule:
Bayberry, blessed thistle, evergreen, frankincense holly, laurel, mistletoe, oak, pine, sage, yellow cedar.
Foods of Yule:
Cookies and caraway cakes soaked in cider, fruits, nuts, pork dishes, turkey, eggnog, ginger tea, spiced cider, wassail, or lamb's wool (ale, sugar, nutmeg, roasted apples).
Incense of Yule:
Pine, cedar, bayberry, cinnamon.
Colors of Yule:
Red, green, gold, white, silver, yellow, orange.
Stones of Yule:
Rubies, bloodstones, garnets, emeralds, diamonds.
Activities of Yule:
Caroling, wassailing the trees, burning the Yule log, decorating the Yule tree, exchanging of presents, kissing under the mistletoe, honoring Kriss Kringle the Germanic Pagan God of Yule
Spellworkings of Yule:
Peace, harmony, love, and increased happiness.
Deities of Yule:
Goddesses-Brighid, Isis, Demeter, Gaea, Diana, The Great Mother. Gods-Apollo, Ra, Odin, Lugh, The Oak King, The Horned One, The Green Man, The Divine Child, Mabon
Kris Kringle is a name for the Christ Child (from Christkindel) - hardly a Pagan God of Yule! Sometimes dim Americans use the name for Santa Claus who is the dim memory of a Greek Bishop... either way not a Pagan God. Worship a proper Pagan God of winter if you want to, like Odin, Cernunnos, Herne, or a Goddess like Holda or Perchta etc, but worshipping Jesus or a Bishop isn't Pagan!!!