Diverse, Unique, & Easy Winter Solstice Activities Kids Will Love Tomorrow we're having our second annual Winter Solstice get together (a.k.a: a play date) with good friends. My friend and I wanted to find a way to open our children's eyes to the beauty of … http://carrotsareorange.com/winter-solstice-activities/?utm_campaign=coschedule&utm_source=pinterest&utm_medium=Marnie%20Craycroft&utm_content=Diverse%2C%20Unique%2C%20and%20Easy%20Winter%20Solstice%20Activities%20Kids%20Will%20Love
how to make yule mead: HOW TO MAKE "YULE-MEAD" Recipe for for 5.5 gallons ( A rich spicy and flavorful mead for winter sipping ) 18 lbs honey ( I like to use a dark fall wildflower for this recipe ) 4 large Oranges use zest and juice. 1 lb. Raisins, Dates or Figs…or a mix of all 3 5- Vanilla beans cut and scrapped. 9 oz. Chopped candied ginger. 0.5 oz. Crushed juniper berries 1 Tbsp. Cinnamon. 1 tsp. Nutmeg 1 tsp. Cardamon 1 tsp.
Koledo is a being that can be seen in two ways – as a winter spirit and as a god. Festivals dedicated to Koledo took place in the winter, and the most important one was Koljada that coincided with the date of the winter solstice. Customs related to this holiday survived into Christianity, and some authors consider that Christianity took this holiday over and transformed it into Christmas. In Bulgaria Christmas is still called Koleda, and the greeting used on this day is “merry Koleda”.
"Known as shab-e chelleh, Iran's winter solstice celebration, usually held on 21 December, marks the first of the 40 days before jashn-e sadeh. Of Babylonian origin, the celebration dates back to pre-Zoroastrian times and has to date remained an important feature of Iranian cultural tradition." Iran: the Bradt Guide www.bradtguides.com
. The ancient Norse used the Yule log in their celebration of the return of the sun at winter solstice. "Yule" came from the Norse word hweol, meaning wheel. The Norse believed that the sun was a great wheel of fire that rolled towards and then away from the earth.
Burning Yule logs is a tradition dating back long before the birth of Jesus. In pre-Christian times, the Yule log was burned in the home hearth on the winter solstice in honor of the pagan sun god Odin, known also as the Yule Father or Oak King.