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Yule Prosperity Potpourri

I love the smell of Yule!!  I keep this on the stove as often as I can this time of year!  Enjoy!

  • 3 cups water
  • 2 T. whole cloves
  • 3 nutmeg berries
  • 4 T. cardamom seeds
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tsp. ginger

Simmer ingredients together on a stove top or in a potpourri pot.

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Simple 5-Pointed Star Ornaments

These ornaments are so simple and natural!  I love them!
5 whole almonds in the shell
Twine for the hanger
Embellishments for the centers, like dried Irish Moss, holly berries, dried rose hips, mistletoe, etc.
Glue gun

Glue the almonds bases together in a five-pointed star configuration.  Glue the twine loop onto the top point.  Glue embellishments into the center of the star.

 

Winter Solstice
Lisa Hutchins, 1997

The winter solstice takes place on or about December 21 every year, and is the moment when the sun is at its southernmost position. For those in the northern hemisphere, this means that on the winter solstice the sun rises the latest and sets the earliest of the entire year. It hangs low and weak in the sky during the brief daylight hours, and daytime shadows are the longest. Because the day is the year’s shortest, the winter solstice is also the time of the longest night.

Ancestral Celebrations

Solstice rites are one of our oldest celebrations, dating back to the dawn of modern civilization some 30,000 years ago. For ancient peoples, the winter solstice was an awesome, mysterious, and powerful phenomenon.

Those of us today who have ever pondered the ramifications of a cataclysmic event such as a “nuclear winter” or the aftermath of a giant meteor impact can understand how frightening it must have been to see the sun slip away every fall. Harsh winter conditions and scare food supplies made survival risky. Vegetation was dormant, migratory birds had long since disappeared to warmer climes, and many animals had vanished into hibernation. As the weeks drew closer to the solstice, it was a time of anxiety over ever-darkening days. What if the sun lost its vigor and never came back? Would light and warmth simply fade away forever? Would the earth be wrapped in eternal night and cold?

Early peoples, living at the mercy of a hostile environment- and also highly sensitive to natural phenomena-held supplicating rites to the forces of nature as a way of ensuring the return of longer, warmer days. To early cultures, the winter solstice represented the death of the old solar year and the birth of the new. Yule festivities, accordingly, marked this planetary turning point away from darkness and the blessed return to light. And although the comforts of today’s modern civilization now shield us from winter’s harsh effects, Western cultures continue-knowingly or unknowingly-to honor this tradition through Yule celebrations.

Interestingly, Christmas (and its attendant holiday, Easter) actually have roots in ancient beliefs going back tens of thousands of years. Many folk holidays and celebrations were absorbed into Christian culture in the early days of Christianity to make the new religion more acceptable. There was no consensus among early Church fathers over the date to use for Christ’s birth. (In fact, as devout Christians know, there is no certain date for the birth of Christ. Current estimates based on historical and astronomical records put it at around February 6, 6 B.C.) A December festival to celebrate the birth of Christ didn’t exist until the fourth century when Christians simply adopted the popular Yule celebrations for their own use. Roman churchmen favored the Mithraic winter solstice festival, which they themselves had adopted from the Persians called the Birthday of the Unconquered Sun. On the old Roman calendar, December 25 (not December 21) was the date of the winter solstice. The winter solstice was also the traditional date to honor the birth of the pagan Divine Child, and Norsemen celebrated the birthday of their lord, Frey, at the winter solstice. After much argument, Pope Julius selected December 25 as Christ’s Mass, or Christmas, in 350 A.D.-in part to counter persistent pagan solstice rites, but also because people of the time were already used to calling it a god’s birthday. (This proclamation was not without objection, however. The date was so controversial that eastern churches refused to honor it for another hundred years, and the church of Jerusalem ignored the date until the 7th century. And in an interesting twist, the fifth-century Bishop of Constantinople firmly believed December 25 was selected so Christians could celebrate Christ’s birthday undisturbed while “the heathen were busy with their profane ceremonies”!)

Even today, pagan and Christian belief is intermingled with Christmas celebration. Many traditions that are now a part of the mainstream Christian culture actually come from ancient pagan celebrations-rites such as decorating with evergreens, hanging ornaments on a tree, partaking of sweet confections, processions, gift giving, wassailing or singing carols, and the burning of the yule log.

Solstice Traditions

Winter solstice observances were held by virtually every culture in the world. Solstice rites were practiced among such diverse groups as Native South Americans, Celts, Persians, Orientals, and Africans. Solstice was known as Sacaea to the Mesopotamians, as the Festival of Kronos to the ancient Greeks, and as Saturnalia to the Romans. According to Norse traditions, the Valkyrie looked for souls to bring to Valhalla during Yule. Norwegians abstained from hunting or fishing for the twelve days during Yule as a way of letting the weary world rest and to hasten the revived sun’s appearance. In old Russia it was traditional to toss grain upon the doorways where carolers visited as a way of keeping the house from want throughout the rest of the winter. Ashes from the Yule log were mixed with cows’ feed in France and Germany to promote the animals’ health and help them calve. In Baltic regions today, corn is scattered near the door of the house for sustenance and ashes of the Yule log are given to fruit trees to increase their yield. Romanians bless the trees of the orchard on Yule with sweetened dough to bring good harvests. Serbs toss wheat on the burning Yule log to increase livestock bounty.

The most significant Yule tradition to persist over the centuries is the Christmas tree. Although the origin of the Christmas tree is generally ascribed to Martin Luther, its beginnings actually go back to pre-Christian times. Christmas trees are thought to have evolved from the rite of symbolically selecting and harvesting a “sacred tree,” a practice found in many ancient cultures. Evergreens and firs were sacred to early peoples, including the ancient Greeks, Celts, and Germans. The first Yule trees were born when pagans went into the forests during the winter solstice to give offerings to evergreens. Pines and firs remained green while other vegetation lost their leaves and appeared lifeless during the bitter winter cold. Their mysterious survival and vigor seemed to signify a life force within which carried with it the hope of renewed life.

The pinea silva or sacred pine groves that were attached to pagan Roman temples also pre-figured the Christmas tree. On the night before a holy day, Roman priests called “tree-bearers” cut one of the sacred pines, decorated it, and carried it into the temple. In fact, the German word for Christmas tree is not Kristenbaum, or Christmas tree, but Tannenbaum, or sacred tree.

Church leaders from the early centuries of the Church all the way through Puritan society in 17th century Massachusetts condemned the custom of bringing decorated evergreens into the home at Yule time. The custom was so beloved and persistent, however, that repeated attempts to eradicate ‘heathen’ practices ultimately failed-and now these pagan traditions, which largely celebrate nature, are among the most treasured elements of the season.

Decorating the tree with objects resembling fruits, nuts, berries, and even flowers is thought to be a symbolic act designed to bring about the return of summer’s bounty. In this way early cultures hoped to hurry the return of spring, and ensure survival through the rest of the harsh winter months.

Christmas wreaths are also ancient, and were traditionally made of evergreens, holly, and ivy. The wreath’s circle symbolizes the wheel of the year and the completion of another cycle. Holly represents the female element; ivy represents the male. Like evergreens, holly was believed to contain a mysterious life force because it bore berries in the middle of winter. Both holly and ivy were thought to have magical properties, and were used as protection against negative elements.

Kissing under the mistletoe is an old Druid tradition. Mistletoe was considered highly sacred by this culture because, as a parasitic kind of vegetation, it never touched the earth (growing instead on oaks and other trees), and also because it bore berries in winter when everything else appeared dead. Druids gathered the leaves and berries from special oaks with sickles made of gold. They called mistletoe “all-heal” because they felt it had the power of protection against illness and bad events, and also because they believed mistletoe spread goodwill. Legend has it that enemies meeting under the mistletoe cast their weapons aside, greeted each other amicably, and honored a temporary truce. White linen clothes were spread beneath the mistletoe as it was being gathered so none of it would touch the ground, lest its power be accidentally released back to the earth. Mistletoe berries were considered to be a powerful fertility substance. A kiss under the mistletoe meant love and the promise of marriage.

Burning the Yule log is perhaps the oldest of all Yule traditions, possibly dating back eons. Since the winter solstice was a solar holiday, fire in different forms was closely associated with it. Fires and candles were lit during Yule to give the waning sun renewed power and vigor-and also surely to provide sources of cheery heat and light during the darkest part of the northern winter. Even the burning brandy on plum pudding symbolized the sun’s rebirth. Traditionally the Yule log was made of oak; in northern European countries, the log was massive enough to burn for the entire twelve days of Yule. It was selected early in the year and set aside, then at winter solstice decorated with sprays of fir, evergreen, holly, ivy, or yew. A piece of the previous year’s Yule log was used to light the new Yule log. Once the ashes were cold they were gathered into powerful amulets, or scattered throughout the garden and fields to ensure fertility and bounty in the coming year.

Spirituality of Solstice

The spiritual ramifications of yule are profound for both neo-pagans and Christians. For Christians, the birth of Christ means a turning point between eternal death and eternal life. Devout Christians celebrate Christmas as the beginning of a new spiritual age of eternal life.

For neo-pagans, Yule is also a time of spiritual beginnings. Jul, or Yule, is an old Anglo-Saxon word meaning “wheel.” The winter solstice is the turning point in the natural cycle of the year; this darkest night in all the year is followed by a day that will dawn just a little bit earlier.

Because Yule signifies the completion of the wheel of the year, the period around the winter solstice is considered to be a good time for spiritual work. Some neo-pagans believe the dark nights of winter are when the veil between the spirit world and the living world is the thinnest. It is therefore an appropriate time for self-examination and meditation on hidden energies-both the energies lying dormant within the earth, and also those within ourselves. Yule traditions celebrate nature’s renewal, and help affirm our connection to the energy and power of the earth and the cosmos.

Nature’s Enduring Cycle

The winter solstice demonstrates the enduring cycle of the heavens by an event that has been directly observable, year in and year out, century after century, for millions of years. The new year begins with the turning point of the winter solstice, as it has down through eons-an unending cycle of dark and light, waning and waxing, ultimately representing nature’s birth, death, and rebirth. The winter solstice is a time to affirm our spiritual ties to nature through celebrations and traditions that are thousands of years old.

Whether celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or Yule, we can all delight in the season as a time to renew family ties, take joy in our natural environment, reflect on the events of the old year, and look forward in anticipation to the new. As the winter solstice demonstrates to us, every ending is a new beginning.

Ritual for Peace

Design this ritual to suit your needs. Choose candle colors that represent the things you seek peace for (e.g., maybe green and brown for peace on earth).

“From out of the dark and into the light
A circular mark, a candle burns bright.
I look towards the sky…my song do I sing.
Spirits soar high and gifts do I bring.
I offer my all! My mind, I then clear
Harken my call! I feel you are near!
Candle burns higher; my spirits set free!
Hotter than fire, this magick will be!
Let magick come ’round, from under the ground,
To form with my sound and then, to be bound!
Around me I feel the magick so real,
Before you I kneel.. the spell I now seal!
Let all hatred CEASE! And let there be PEACE!
These words that I say, with magick AWAY!
This spell that I send is now at an end.
Let the magick I’ve laid, go forth and not fade!
SO MOTE IT BE!”

Pagan Carols

We Wish You a Merry Solstice

We wish you a merry Solstice
We wish you a merry Solstice
We wish you a merry Solstice
And a happy New Year!

Chorus:

Good tidings we bring
To you and your kin
We wish you a merry Solstice!
And a happy New Year!

Our feasting is not so simple
Our feasting is not so simple
Our feasting is not so simple
On this Hollyday!

We’ve eggnog and punch and wassail
We’ve eggnog and punch and wassail
We’ve eggnog and punch and wassail
And hot chocolate too

We’ve breads, cakes and Solstice cookies
We’ve breads, cakes and Solstice cookies
We’ve breads, cakes and Solstice cookies
Plus crackers and buns

Now bring us some figgy pudding
Now bring us some figgy pudding
Now bring us some figgy pudding
And bring it right now

We won’t go until we get some
We won’t go until we get some
We won’t go until we get some
So bring some right now

Carol of the Bells

Hark!  How the bells, sweet silver bells
All seem to say, “Throw cares away.”
Yuletide is here, bringing good cheer
To young and old, meek and the bold
Ding, dong, ding, dong, that is their song,
With joyful ring, all caroling
One seems to hear words of good cheer
From everywhere, filling the air
O, how they pound, raising the sound
O’er hill and dale, telling their tale
Gaily they ring, while people sing
Songs of good cheer, Yuletide is here!
Merry, merry, merry, merry Yuletide!
Merry, merry, merry, merry Yuletide!

On, on they send, on without end
Their joyful tone to every home

Have Yourself a Merry Little Yuletide

Have yourself a merry little Yuletide
Let your heart be light
From now on our troubles will be out of sight

Have yourself a merry little Yuletide
Make the Sabbat gay
From now on our troubles will be miles away.

Chorus:

Here we are as in olden days
Happy golden days of yore
Faithful friends who are dear to us
Gather near to us once more.

Through the years we all will be together
If the Fates allow
Hang a shining star upon the highest bough
And have yourself a merry little Yuletide now.

Angels We Have Heard

Angels we have heard on high
Sweetly singing o’er the plains
And the mountains in reply
Echoing their joyous strains.

Gloria, see the sun reborn today.

Angels know that winter’s nigh
Turning seasons of the year
See the old is passing by
Bring the new one in with cheer.

Gloria, celebrate the new year.

Away from the Harvest

Tune: “Away In A Manger”

Away from the harvest the seasons have turned
The nights have grown colder and fires we’ve burned
The stars in the heavens look down where we stand
Neighbors and friends with candles in hand.

The warmth is returning, the sun and the light
Will brighten our days and shorten our nights
Come gather around the Solstice is here
The old one is passing, begins the new year.

May Ye Be Merry, Gentlefolk

Tune: “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen”

May ye be merry, gentlefolk,
Let nothing you dismay.
Although the nights are cold and dark
This is the shortest day.
And soon the days will grow again
As springtime comes our way.
Oh, tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy.
Oh, tidings of comfort and joy.

The midnight moon rides high and clear
On this the longest night,
And in the frosty darkness
The stars are burning bright,
And though the sun is buried deep
The sky is filled with light.
Oh, tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy.
Oh, tidings of comfort and joy.

A Holly Jolly Yuletide

Have a holly jolly Yuletide
It’s the best time of the year
I don’t know if there’ll be snow
But have a cup of cheer

Have a holly jolly Yuletide
And when you walk down the street
Say hello to friends you know
And ev’ryone you meet

Oh, ho, the mistletoe
Hung where you can see
Somebody waits for you
Kiss her once for me

Have a holly jolly Yuletide
and in case you didn’t hear
Oh, by golly have a holly jolly Yuletide
This year!

Share the Light

Tune: “The First Noel”

On this Winter holiday, let us stop and recall
That this season is holy to one and to all.
Unto some a Son is born, unto us comes a Sun,
And we know, if they don’t that all paths are one.

Chorus:

Share the light, share the light!
Share the light, share the Light!
All paths are one on this holy night!

Be it Chanukah or Yule,
Christmas time or Solstice night,
All celebrate the eternal light.
Lighted tree or burning log,
Or eight candle flames.
All gods are one god, whatever their names.

Silent Night

Silent night, holy night,
All is calm, all is bright.
Starlight gleams upon the snow.
In our hands the candles glow,
As we sing of peace.
As we sing of peace.

Silent night, holy night,
We will share love’s pure light.
Radiant beams from every face
Tell our dreams for every place.
Hope again is born,
Hope again is born.

Ye Children All of Mother Earth

Tune: “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear”

Ye children all of Mother Earth
Join hands and circle around
To celebrate the Solstice night
When our lost Lord is found

Rejoice, the year has begun again
The Sun rise above
So share the season together now
In everlasting love

Wassail Song

Chorus:

Here we come a-wassailing among the leaves so green,
Here we come a-wandering so fairly to be seen.
Now is winter time and strangers travel far and near,
And we wish you, send you a happy New Year.

Bud and blossom, bud and blossom, bud and bloom and bear,
So we may have plenty of cider all next year.
Baskets full and barrels full, and bushels, bags and bowls,
And the cider running out of every gutter hole.

Chorus

Down here in the muddy lane there sits an old grey fox,
A-starving and a-shivering, and licking his old chops.
Brings us up a table and set it if you please,
And give us hungry wassailers a bit of bread and cheese.

Chorus

I have a little purse and its made of leather skin,
A little silver sixpence, it would line it well within.
Now is winter time and strangers travel far and near,
And we wish you, send you a happy New Year.

Chorus

The Holly and the Ivy

Oh the holly and the ivy,
Now they are both full grown,
Of all the trees that are in the wood
The holly bears the crown.

Chorus:

Oh the rising of the sun,
The running of the deer.
All merry folk arise and sing
To greet the dawning year.

Oh the holly bears a berry
As red as any blood,
And the ivy grows beneath the snows
That blanket all the wood.

Oh the holly bears a blossom
As white as any flower,
And the ivy turns the winter wood
To a green and leafy bower.

Oh the holly bears a bark
Bitter as any gall,
And the ivy leaves are shaped like stars
In the skies above us all.

Oh the holly bears a prickle
As sharp as any thorn,
And the ivy climbs on hills and towers
To greet the Yuletide morn.

Yule Fires

Tune: “Greensleeves (What Child is This?)”

In ancient days the folk of old
When chilled with fright by winter’s cold
Did kindle up a great Yule fire
With leaping flames in its great pyre;

So to entice the waning sun
To rise again and wider run;
It’s fiery course across the sky,
To warm them so they would not die.

So we, whose minds now sense a chill
Of anger in the evil will,
The human conflict, hate, and strife,
Which hold a menace over life;

Would kindle up a flame of love
That we within our hearts may move,
In Yuletide joy, with love embrace
And thus abide in peace and grace.

Deck the Halls

Deck the halls with boughs of holly
Fa la la la la la la la la
Tis the season to be jolly
Fa la la la la la la la la
Don we now our gay apparel
Fa la la la la la la la la
Troll the ancient Yuletide carols
Fa la la la la la la la la

See the blazing Yule before us
Fa la la la la la la la la
Strike the harp and join the chorus
Fa la la la la la la la la
Follow me in merry measure
Fa la la la la la la la la
While I tell of Yuletide treasure
Fa la la la la la la la la

Fast away the old year passes
Fa la la la la la la la la
Hail the new, ye lads and lasses
Fa la la la la la la la la
Sing we joyous all together
Fa la la la la la la la la
Heedless of the wind and weather
Fa la la la la la la la la

Bright Solstice

Tune: “White Christmas”

I’m dreaming of a bright Solstice,
just like the ones I used to know
Where the treetops glisten and children listen
and sing while the sun sets them aglow…

I’m dreaming of a bright Solstice,
just like the ones I used to know
Where the treetops glisten and children listen
and sing while the sun sets them aglow…

I’m dreaming of a bright Solstice,
with every loving card I write
May your days be merry and bright,
and may all your Solstices be Bright

I’m dreaming of a bright Solstice,
just like the ones I used to know
May your days be merry and bright,
and may all your Solstices be Bright

I’m dreaming of a bright Solstice,
with every loving card I write
May your days be merry and bright,
and may all your Solstices be Bright

May your days be merry and bright,
and may all your Solstices be Bright

O Yuletide Tree

Tune: “O, Tannenbaum

O Yuletide Tree, O Yuletide Tree
How lovely are thy branches
O Yuletide Tree, O Yuletide Tree
How lovely are thy branches
Bring joyful tidings of great cheer
O Yuletide Tree, O Yuletide Tree
To us you are so lovely.

O Yuletide Tree, O Yuletide Tree
Evergreen and fragrant
O Yuletide Tree, O Yuletide Tree
Evergreen and fragrant
We bring you in our home to be
A sign of life’s eternity
O Yuletide Tree, O Yuletide Tree
Forever green and lovely

O Yuletide Tree, O Yuletide Tree
Thank you for your blessings
O Yuletide Tree, O Yuletide Tree
Thank you for your blessings
with golden stars and twinkling light
You cheer us on this holy night
O Yuletide Tree, O Yuletide Tree
Thou art most fair and lovely

LET THERE BE PEACE ON EARTH

Let there be peace on earth
And let it begin with me.
Let there be peace on earth
The peace that was meant to be.

With God as our Father
Brothers all are we;
Let me walk with my brother
In perfect harmony.

Let peace begin with me
Let this be the moment now.
With ev’ry step I take
Let this be my solemn vow;

To take each moment and live
Each moment in peace eternally.
Let there be peace on earth
And let it begin with me.

Gods Rest Ye Merry Paganfolk

Gods rest ye merry pagan folk
Let none of you dismay.
Remember that the Sun returns
Upon this Solstice Day
The growing dark is ended now
And spring is on its way

Oh tidings of comfort and Joy
Comfort and Joy
Oh tidings of comfort and Joy

The winter’s worst still lies ahead
Fierce Tempest Snow and Rain
Beneath the blanket on the ground
The Spark of life remains
The Sun’s  warm rays caress the seeds
To raise Life’s song again

Oh tidings of comfort and Joy
Comfort and Joy
Oh tidings of comfort and Joy

Within the blessed apple lies
The promise of the Earth
For from this pentacle shall rise
The orchards fresh Rebirth
The Earth shall blossom once again
And all shall reap it’s worth

Oh tidings of comfort and Joy
Comfort and Joy
Oh tidings of comfort and Joy

Joy to the World

Joy to the world, the new year’s come.
Now earth prepares for spring.
Let every hearth with firelight bloom,
And heaven and nature sing,
And heaven and nature sing,
And heaven, and heaven and nature sing.

Joy to the earth, now gladness reigns,
And birds their songs employ,
While fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat, repeat the sounding joy.

No more will cold and darkness grow,
Though frost still coats the ground.
We wait to hear the rivers flow
As far as hope is found,
As far as hope is found,
As far, as far as hope is found.

He heals the earth with truth and grace,
And asks us all to prove
The glories of Earths righteousness
And wonders of Her love,
And wonders of Her love,
And wonders, and wonders of Her love.

Glory to the New Born King

Tune: “Hark the Herald Angels Sing”

Brothers, sisters, come to sing
Glory to the new-born King!
Gardens peaceful, forests wild
Celebrate the Winter Child!

Now the time of glowing starts!
Joyful hands and joyful hearts!
Cheer the Yule log as it burns!
For once again the Sun returns!

Brothers, sisters, come and sing!
Glory to the new-born King!
Brothers, sisters, singing come
Glory to the newborn Sun

Through the wind and dark of night
Celebrate the coming light.
Suns glad rays through fear’s cold burns
Life through death the Wheel now turns

Gather round  Yule log and tree
Celebrate Life’s mystery
Brothers, sisters, singing come
Glory to the new-born Sun.

Day-O

Day-o, Day-o,
Daylight come and the Sun is reborn.
Day, misa day, misa day, misa day-o.
Daylight come and the Sun is reborn.

Tonight we dance till the morning come.
Daylight come and the Sun is reborn.
Tomorrow we greet the newborn Sun.
Daylight come and the Sun is reborn.

Now is the darkest season of the year but,
Daylight come and the Sun is reborn.
Now is the darkest season of the year but,
Daylight come and the Sun is reborn.

The darkness flies before his face.
Daylight come and the Sun is reborn.
Light is returning to this place.
Daylight come and the Sun is reborn.

Day, misa day-o,
Daylight come and the Sun is reborn.
Day, misa day-o,
Daylight come and the Sun is reborn.

The season wheel it will forever turn.
Daylight come and the Sun is reborn.
As the fire within, it will ever burn.
Daylight come and the Sun is reborn.

Now is the darkest season of the year but,
Daylight come and the Sun is reborn.
Now is the darkest season of the year but,
Daylight come and the Sun is reborn.

O Holy Night

O holy night
the stars are brightly shining
It is the night of the sun’s rebirth
Long lay the land, in cold of winter pining
Till he appears to shine warmth on the Earth
A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices
As yonder breaks the new and glorious dawn:

Chorus:

Sing now with Joy
O sing in celebration
O night divine
O night, of holy birth
O night, divine
O night O night divine

Moon up above
We gather in your soft light
And wait for him, son of light to appear
Our Mother Earth
Who holds us in her keeping
Awaits the light
To bring warmth to our souls
The winter is cold, the nights are long in darkness
We long for the spring , the hope that now begins.

Chorus:

All Hail Ye, Simple Pagans

Tune: “Oh Come, All Ye Faithful”

All hail ye, simple pagans
Gather round the Yule fire
Oh come ye Oh come ye
To call the Sun!
Fires within us
Call the fire above us:

Oh come let us adore him!
Oh come let us adore him!
Oh come let us adore him!
The warmth of the Sun!

Hail Sun,  we greet thee
Born again at Yuletide!
Yule fires and candle flames
Are lighted for you!
Come to thy children
Calling for thy blessing!

Oh come let us adore him!
Oh come let us adore him!
Oh come let us adore him!
The warmth of the Sun!

Good Pagan Folk, Rejoice

Tune: “Good Christian Men Rejoice”

Good Pagan folk, rejoice
With heart and soul and voice
Give ye heed to what we say
News! News!
Our blessed Sun is born today
Greet him as the dawn’s first light
Bids farewell to dark of night
The Sun returns today
The Sun returns today

Good Pagan folk, rejoice
With heart and soul and voice
Gather round the Yuletide tree
Peace! Peace!
Hope he brings for you and me
Winter’s cold is nearly gone
We wait for spring with Joyous song
The Sun returns today
The Sun returns today

Good Pagan folk, rejoice
With heart and soul and voice
Praise our Lady, praise her Son
Joy! Joy!
New life they bring to everyone
Dance and sing and merry meet
As the warmth of Light we greet
The Sun returns today
The Sun returns today

Bring a Torch

Tune: “Bring a Torch, Jeannette Isabella”

Bring a torch, O brothers and sisters
Bring a torch, light Yule fires bright
We gather this night to wait for the dawning
come Quickly; I see the first rays of light
Ah, Ah, How radiant the Mother
AH, ah, How brightly shines the Sun

Sing in praise of our gracious Lady
sing in Praise of her glorious Son
The Wheel has turned
tis time for the new year
Dance gaily; we shall welcome the Sun
Ah, Ah, How radiant the Mother
AH, ah, How brightly shines the Sun

Yule Poems

The heart of Yule is evergreen
The old year gone, the new pristine
The wheel again will turn to spring
This blessed time much joy to bring

Poem by Cari Ferraro 1996

The Longest Night

When the longest night of the year is here
Our friends and family gather near
To light a candle against the night
And warm our spirits in the wonder of light.

Words by Cari Ferraro 1990

The Holly and the Ivy

The Holly and the Ivy,
When they are both full grown
Of all the trees that are in the wood
The holly bears the crown.

O the rising of the sun
And the running of the deer
So the shortest day marks the turning year
And spring will soon draw near.

Traditional English carol adapted by Cari Ferraro, 2002

Yule Benediction By Margi Lebold

Holy, Holy, Holy
Yule Benediction

Inner Presence, Great and Mighty.
I am one with God, God is one with me.

Inner Light, that shines Divinely
I am one with Light, Light is one with me.

Inner Life, that lives Completely.
I am one with Life, Life is one with me.

Inner Joy, that smiles Serenely.
I am one with Joy, Joy is one with me.

Inner Peace, that flows so Deeply.
I am one with Peace, Peace is one with me.

Inner Love, that gives so Freely.
I am one with Love, Love is one with me.

Inner Truth, that never fails.
I am one with Truth, Truth is one with me.

Inner Power, that holds securely.
Inner Eye, that sees so clearly.
Inner Ear, that hears him always.
Inner Voice, that speaks supremely.
Inner Good, that binds me to Thee.

Holy, Holy, Holy

Lord, God within me!