Blessed Winter Solstice! Merry Yule! Hail the sun and hail to life!
We’ve finally made it to the 21st day of December and my series of Solstice music! I give you a classic with a Celtic twist – “Deck the Halls” from the seemingly generic Lifescapes album “Christmas Celtic.” It’s one of those atmospheric CDs you can buy in card shops. My mum gave it to me when I first started studying Druidism. I love it. I’ve never heard holiday music like it. Deck the Halls is an old standard with incredibly Pagan lyrics, and this begins sounding typical – but wait until the middle! Everything picks up and all I want is to be in an Irish pub dancing away the Solstice with the tribe! It always gets me in the mood for festivities. I’ve played it several times tonight as I prepare the Solstice dinner.
On the menu tonight: a vegetarian roast with baked potatoes, carrots, and scallions; steamed brussels sprouts; fresh bread, and bread pudding. We’re going to eat, have a Solstice ritual in honor of the sun and the Nature Spirits enduring the cold, then open gifts – but only after giving a garland of popcorn and cranberries to the Nature Spirits.
May everyone have a wonderful Yuletide filled with love, joy, good food, and light!
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