How are you celebrating the Winter Solstice?

Guiding Cauldron

ty mishell for all teh pics and xmas info was a treat indeed :)
AJ i used that spread last year too, ty for reminding me about it again for this year too!
 

Sophie

I am driving to Lausanne to spend time with my friend and priestess and some other friends - we'll make merry that evening! And then, early on the 22nd, before dawn, we will take a walk in the hills and call in the reborn sun as the day arrives, with chants and torches, with drumming and dance, with silence.

I have been perusing John Matthews' wonderfully rich book The Winter Solstice - I intend to try out the recipe for the Wassail Pot! Woo-hoo!
 

Mi-Shell

Solstice Quizzzzz!

Sooooo
Test your knowledge about the Solstice and do the quiz!
Mark your right answers with a little star =*
* at the beginning of the sentence/ option

Corrrrrect answers will be revealed at the Solstice!!!!!

Cheating, goooooogling and researching for the right answers is permitted!!!!
Have fun!

A: When is the Winter Solstice in the southern hemisphere?
1. Between June 20 and 21.
2. Between December 21 and 22
3. Between July 21 and 22
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B: The Romans honoured the Winter Solstice with a festival called Saturnalia. During this celebration:
1. Slaves ate with their masters.
2. The practice of giving presents under trees began.
3. Animals were sacrificed to appease Saturn, the god of light
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C: Who died for the Celts during the Winter Solstice?
1. the Holly-King (ruler of the waning year and harvest)
2. Mother Hulda (Frau Holle)
3. the Ivy-King(ruler of fertility and fruitfulness)
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D: Who is probably the inspiration for Santa Claus?
1. Thor, the nordic thunder god, who travelled around on a chariot drawn by goats
2. Kalvis, the baltic goldsmith god, who travelled around with a chariot pulled by reindeers
3. Vanimoinen, the finnish shaman and culture hero, who flew through the sky accompanied by reindeers
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E: The Scandinavians held a festival called Jiuleis to celebrate the solstice. Can you guess what popular custom came from this feast?
1. The Julienne method of preparing meat.
2. Serving egg nog, a Scandinavian beverage.
3. The burning of the Yule Log.
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F: Many of the traditions associated with Christmas actually come from the pagan worship of the Winter Solstice. Which of the following festivals involves the custom of giving presents?
1. Sigillaria, the Roman holiday after Saturnalia
2. Dies Natalis Invicti Solis, The Birthday of the Unconquered Sun
3. Festivus de Libertas, The Festival of the Liberated Sun
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G:There are days during the year when the period of daylight is the same length everywhere on earth.
1. True
2. False
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H: What is the name for the time of the year when you have the same period of daylight all around the globe?
1. Eclipse
2. Equinox
3. Equestrian
( some people here, where I live, have a horse head!!)
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I: In Norse mythology, Balder, the god of the summer sun, was killed by an arrow made of a now popular Christmas plant. Which one was it?
1. Poinsettia.
2. Mistletoe
3. Pine needle
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J: Which of the following monuments is the oldest known Winter Solstice observatory?
1. The Pyramids in Giza, Egypt
2. Woodhenge by Goseck,Germany
3. Stonehenge by Salisbury, England
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K: Which place on earth receives the longest period of daylight on the Winter Solstice?
1. The north pole.
2. The south pole.
3. All points along the equator.
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L: If you were to live right on the Equator you would have 12 hours of daylight, and 12 hours of darkness every day of the year.
1. True
2. False
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M: Many of the ancient monuments around the world were built to celebrate solstices? Which of the following temples honours the Winter Solstice?
1. Stonehenge in England
2. Chichen-Itza in Mexico
3. Newgrange in Ireland
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N: Which sacred plants are placed over the doorway during winter solstice?
1. oak and ivy
2. mistletoe and holly
3. holly and ivy
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O: What is the origin of the word Yule?
1. it developed from the old norse word hjöl =wheel
2. it comes from the finnish word juhla = feast
3. or from the old viking word jölnir = another name for the god Odin
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P: Winter Solstice was also called Mothers-night because?
1. Jesus was born
2. the Sun Child was reborn
3. the Egyptian god Horus was born
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Q: Why is it called Boxing Day?
1. in the olden times you could quarrel with you neighbour, without repercussions
2 on this day a christmas box with goodies was presented to the servants
3. in the roman empire on this day the merchants reduced their prices and offered bargains, so often fights
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R: In Scandinavia which animal was seen as the solar image?
1. the boar with his spikes and bristles represents the rays of the sun
2. the reindeer, where the antler are a symbol of the sun energy
3. the bear, because he hibernates at this time of the year and waits for the return of the sun
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S: The Zuni are celebrating the winter solstice with a ceremony called what?
1. Itiwanna
2. Pekwin
3. Shalako
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T: Where do you celebrate Midwinter Christmas or Midwinter Yulefest?
1. in the Middle East
2. in the Caribean Sea
3. in Australia
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U: What is Inti Raymi?
1. The Apache Winter Solstice Festival
2. The Tuva-Siberian Winter Solstice Festival
3. the Inca Winter Solstice Festival
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V: At what date did in the past and since 1944 again are the Incas celebrating Inti Raymi?
1. mid December
2. January 14
3. June 21
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* marks the spot!
How many did you get????? :)


Answers to Quiz:A: 1
B: 1
C: 1
D: 2
E: 3
F: 1
G: 1
H: 2
I: 2
J: 2
K: 2
L: 2
M: 1and 3!
N: 3
O: 1,2 and 3 nobody knows
P: 2
Q: 2
R: 1
S: 3
T: 3
U: 3
V: 3

I hope you had fun!
 

Silverlyn

How do you wish....

Yule for others?

Do you say Merry Yule, Happy Yule, Happy Winter Solstice?

This is the first year that our household is actually gonna celebrate the Yule/Winter Solstice season AS THAT (vs as Christmas,which we have never liked celebrating anyway).

Thanks in advance:)

Silverlyn
 

Debra

How about, "Y'all have an Awesome Yule!"

(try saying it fast....) :D
 

Silverlyn

LOL, that one's cute, too Debra thanks!

I found one link that says you can say: 'Happy Solstice' or 'Good Yule' Those sound good, so I think we'll say either of those:)

Silverlyn
 

Mi-Shell

a few un-serious suggestions:
 

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Silverlyn

Cute.

Those are so cute, thanks for sharing!:)

Silverlyn
 

Milfoil

Of course here, the biggest celebration is Christmas on the 25th, all things portend to that and all preparations are to that end BUT in my own way there are one or two things which form a more 'traditional' celebration.

We have two candle lanterns which are, yearly, put beside our front door. They are a welcome to all guests, lighting the way to our door.
We have the traditional green tree adorned with red and gold, red the colour of life and gold the colour of the returning sun.
We have a feast to remind us that the plenty of the summer months will return and we have the Yule Candle which is lit each year and burns every day throughout the celebration. It sort of takes the place of the yule log now that we don't have a hearth for that and also symbolises the returning sun, the light in the darkness, the promise of new light and warmth again.

The full moon is on Christmas eve this year, the 24th of December so for me, the celebration will start on the 21st and run though to the 25th including cleaning, preparing food, singing, offerings, and a small fire outside.