Wednesday, December 30, 2015


Yuletide is a pre-christian celebration associated with winter solstice. Winter solstice is that moment when the Earth is on that point in orbit when North or South hemispheres is inclined away from the sun.

Yuletide is a festival which was first celebrated in Germany.  Later after the reformation it has become known as "Christmastide" Many of our customs have been derived from German paganism

 The Christmas Tree legend has it a beginning in Germany when St. Boniface happened upon a group of pagans who were planning on sacrificing a young boy.  He chopped down a small spruce tree and said "let this little evergreen be your symbol of everlasting life:.

Living room tree

Sunroom Tree

Christians adopted hanging evergreens and wreaths as symbols of their faith, peace and renewal. My Mary's Angels ornament wreath, 28 years of this collection!

Christmas cookies go back to celebrating seasons solstice. It often meant arrival of first frost. The oldest feasts included spices of the time-cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. I can think of many holiday dishes made with these ingredients.

Shenanigans is always involved.

Candles and lights have been used for centuries to show " the light of the world has come". One area in our city, The Country Club Plaza has a phenomenal show of lights at Christmas. One of our traditions is to go walk around, take in the beautiful colors and have our hot chocolate.

Praying everyone's holiday held all those family traditions for them.

Linking with ABC WEDNESDAY



Herbert Rick Ajit Colgate Buffet said...

cute smiles.

Melody Steenkamp said...

Wonderful photo's and a good word for this weeks letter beeing this time of year

Thank you, happy new year to you too and hopefully your participation in the new year too

Have a nice ABC-day / ABC-week
♫ M e l o d y ♫ (abc-w-team)

Leslie: said...

We had a tree, lights on the house, and a wreath on the front door. But...I didn't do any baking to save on calories - just bought a few Scottish shortbread and some chocolates. So I did well - calorie-wise - and didn't gain any weight this year - for a change! lol thx for dropping by and I wish you a very Happy New Year!

abcw team

Reader Wil said...

You were well prepared to celebrate Christmas. I did nothing this year but got many flowers and x-mas arrangements to comfort meas I broke my left wrist and wounded my right leg so that I need treatment every day..
Well I wish you a happy new year.
Wil,ABCW Team.

carol l mckenna said...

Wonderful Yuletide photography and such adorable girls!

Wishing you a Happy and Healthy New Year,
artmusedog and carol

Catie Mead Williams Handcock Robinson said...

wise word.

Roger Owen Green said...

HA! My intro was yule!


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