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Yule Blessings to you and yours!
For many around the world, tonight is the night we will celebrate the Winter Solstice together. It's finally here! Today is the final day that the nights will be longer than the days, and our blessed sun god is returning to us with increasing light as we go forward. I absolutely love how beautiful winter is, but I must confess I miss the long hours I spend in the sunshine and in the woods during the warm months. With his return, tonight is also a night of birth and renewal, hopes and promises for a brighter path moving forward and a blessed new year to come.
In the spirit of the season, it's also a time to give back. I realize that things are tight money wise for many of us, and we must realize that the best gifts aren't bought, but those that come from the heart. Consider sending gifts of energy and healing to those that you love. If you are new, or need a refresher on how to do this, I have a great article here to help you: http://wiccanmoonsong.blogspot.com/2013/10/create-gift-of-love-and-light.html
You can also give a gift of time. There are many organizations that need help not only this time of year but all year long. I encourage you to check your local papers and anywhere else you can think of to see how you can help. I know on Facebook there are tons of campaigns to help families in our local area in need. This is the first year that I've finally seen Facebook becoming useful in this way. I believe a good part of it is them allowing us to prioritize what posts we see. I have seen so many campaigns go by to help local families and businesses in need. They aren't just looking for money they are looking for donations of time and goods as well. If you are on Facebook type in the town and state that you live in and see what comes up for groups and pages. You may be surprised at the resources available to you for news and events going on. See if there's some way that you can help out this season.
You also will want to check your papers and local listings for celebrations in your area. This is the one holiday that we celebrate that you are quite likely to find celebrations for it out in the public. Several years ago I found that our town does an annual bonfire on the Winter Solstice. Along with the bonfire they sing carols and have provide hot cocoa. This is a great way for my children to get an introduction to being Wiccan and they absolutely adore it. In my area there tends to be a lot of bonfire celebrations and winter moonlit walks. It's a great way to possibly meet others who share the same interests as you. If the weather cooperates, the winter moonlight walks can be absolutely magickal. If you get the opportunity to go on one I can't recommend it enough. :))
Other ideas to celebrate Yule include making your yule log. You could go out on a walk and collect evergreen branches to make into wreaths for your home. Bake some goodies like cookies or stews and make your house smell amazing. Grab a book and curl up in the corner to spend some relaxing time. It's a time for celebrating the season and the returning of the sun.
Have a Blessed Yule!
Much Love and Many Blessings,