I have noticed as the years go by my Christmas and Yule festivities are getting more and more Pagan. I guess that since being with my husband and having a family home of our own, it's only natural to let that side of my nature come out.
Christmas has always been a special time for me. As a child, we were blessed to be part of an extended family, and while we may not have had much money we more than made up for it in love and enthusiasm. Sadly, my grandparents are no longer with us but I feel them watching over us with love from the Summerlands. In fact, I blame the bond I had with my Gran and Grandad for making me broody every Christmas; I have to keep reminding myself that a child is for life, not just for Christmas ;)
This year the festive season will be a bit sad because my gorgeous, brave husband will be out in Afghanistan and so won't be celebrating with me; in fact if he had his way I don't think he would celebrate at all, like many people any festivities remind him of what he's missing at home.
Yes, I am a witch and as such I celebrate Yule on the solstice. Normally I would cook us a nice meal, we'd light the candles, eat some chocolatey Yule log and exchange some presents, as well as doing some form of ritual. Yet I can't quite give up my Christmas celebrations either. Apart from anything, I normally have to work on Yule but not on Christmas day, so it is natural to celebrate the feast day of our childhood too, but the whole tradition of Christmas day is important to me. At the end of the day, no matter what our spiritual heritage, the official religion of our country is Christianity; our whole society is geared up that way, from the laws to the customs. Personally, I have no time for the politically correct brigade that tell us we can't call Christmas "Christmas" because it might offend someone. I have yet to meet a non-Christian who has been offended, though I have met many Christians who have been offended by the belittling of their religion. Anyway, I'm getting distracted...
This year, so I'm not on my own, my parents are coming up for a few days. This means I will have to make an effort, even if I'm not actually in the mood! I'll get the tree out of the garage, and gather ivy to make garlands to decorate the lounge and hallway. I suspect there will be a friendly fight between my mum and I over who spoils the other one by cooking lunch, then we'll set the table, eat way too much, then settle down to open our presents before watching the "Doctor Who" Christmas special and laying out cold meats and nibbles for tea. I suspect this year, this will be the grander celebration, but that allows Yule to be a private affair between me and the Lord and Lady.
Blessed be )0(