Since I'm not gonna be anywhere near my beloved (*cough* crap *cough*) laptop during the holidays, I figured I would just update right now.
I have no plans for Yule. None whatsoever. In fact, on the 21st, I'm gonna be and about with old friends from high school. I suppose that's not the worst way I could celebrate though, I could be alone and cold in this little apartment here.
Instead, I'm going to be surrounded by the warmth and love of family and friends. Surrounded by candles and seasonal décor. Surrounded by that rare light that seems to evade me most of the time.
To most, Mid-Winter is just the time when the night is longest and darkest. It's the solstice, an astrological event and nothing more. To us pagans, it's a turning point in the year and in our lives. The darkness is over now and the light is returning. The days will get longer and spring is just around the corner...maybe. It's a time of hope and renewal, a time to be so glad we made it through the darkness intact and that we are entering the year now stronger and more vibrant than ever.
I'm know that I'm thankful to have survived. All the trials and downs I've been through this year have all made me a better, smarter, and stronger person. I'm glad for that.
And I'm thankful to not be alone in this. Not only do I have my family and friends, I have my spirit guides, my gods, the faeries....we rejoice together that the light is returning to the world and to our lives.
You know, I'm starting to sound like a new age hippy so I suppose I should just stop here! It's not Yule just yet. I still have to survive my 36 hour bus trip and get settled in. It's a busy time for everyone. I have to get caught up with my family, who I am sure will want to stop over and visit. I might end up having to purchase small gifts to take back to Montreal for Pascal's family.
I'll be out with people and doing stuff. It's busy.
I'm also going to be celebrating Christmas with my family. That's right, I said it. I'm celebrating Christmas! What blasphemy right? Oh fall off your high horse already. I LIKE Christmas. My family was never very religious so holidays weren't really about church and service was always optional. It was more about family and food and merry-making...which is pretty essential to most pagan gatherings too right?
As a kid it was more about gifts, but I realize now that those things don't really matter and that's fantastic. It means I can just enjoy these moments I have with my loved ones and revel in all the holiday decorations, and cheap wine, and silly antics. I can truly enjoy the spirit of Christmas and marvel at all the city lights and giggle along to those tunes on the radio.
It's a nostalgic thing and brings me back to a place when things were good because I was too young to worry. There's something "magickal" about Christmas...there always was. It's in the air.
So I wish you all a Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, and Blessed Yule.