g Text Version
Beauty & Self
Books & Music
Food & Wine
Health & Fitness
Hobbies & Crafts
Home & Garden
News & Politics
Religion & Spirituality
Travel & Culture
TV & Movies

Bored? Games!
Take a Quiz
Rate My Photo

Natural Living
Folklore and Mythology
Distance Learning

All times in EST

Clairvoyance: 08:00 PM

Full Schedule
g New Age Site

BellaOnline's New Age Editor


Midwinter Holidays

“O Winter! King of intimate delights, fireside enjoyments, home-born happiness…” William Cowper

The long ago December night is cold and quiet. Wise men and shepherds journey to the birthplace of a child of wonder; a child born to a mortal woman, yet of divine origins, who will one day bring hope and inspiration to mankind.

It’s a story many people are familiar with, though surprisingly this was first the birth story of Apollo and then later Mithras, long before it became the birth story of Jesus.

Since ancient times, midwinter has been considered a sacred time of year, so it is no wonder that the birth of Christ would be celebrated during this season. Yet long before the birth of “the Son,” people celebrated the birth of “the Sun” at the time of the Winter Solstice.

During this time of year, in the northern hemisphere, the days grow shorter and shorter. The Winter Solstice marks the point when the day is as short as it can get, and then the sun is reborn, and starts to overtake the darkness once again. This is a cause for celebration and a reminder that out of darkness comes renewal.

Yule is the ancient, European, celebration of the return of the light. Originally a family oriented holiday of peace, it was celebrated over 12 days, and included feasting and merry-making. Yule is now celebrated by Pagans around the world, usually on the Winter Solstice, and is a family holiday that includes feasting and gift-giving.

Saturnalia – a chaotic, gift giving and laughter filled holiday, originated with the Romans around 217 B.C.E., and inspired many of the traditions that surround the current midwinter holiday celebrations.

Christmas, by far the most popular festival of light, is celebrated on December 25 and commemorates the birth of the Christ child. This holiday is filled with feasting and gift-giving, along with many “borrowed” traditions of mistletoe, pine trees and holly!

Hannukah / Chanukah – November or December – this eight day festival of lights is celebrated in remembrance of the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem in the 2nd century B.C.E. by lighting one candle on the menorah each night for eight nights. The story is that the Greeks had taken over the temple to worship Zeus, and demanded that the Jews worship as they did. The Jews eventually regained control of their temple, but as it had been defiled by the Greeks, it needed to be purified, and to do this the Jews needed enough oil to burn the temple menorah for eight days. To their dismay, they only had enough oil for one day, but miraculously the menorah stayed lit for the entire eight days. It is this miracle of light that is celebrated every year.

Kwanzaa, first celebrated in the 1960s, is a week long celebration (December 26 – January 1) that includes feasting and gift giving. During Kwanzaa, seven candles are lit, which represent the seven principles honoring family and community. It is a time for African Americans to reconnect to their history and culture.

Out of darkness comes renewal, and each of these festivals offer the opportunity to celebrate the return of the light, the season of giving, and a time of love.

Happy Holidays!

“Make thou my spirit pure and clear as are the frosty skies.” Lord Alfred Tennyson

“Check out Deanna’s song, Snow and Twilght.”

Add Midwinter+Holidays to Twitter Add Midwinter+Holidays to Facebook Add Midwinter+Holidays to MySpace Add Midwinter+Holidays to Digg Midwinter+Holidays Add Midwinter+Holidays to Yahoo My Web Add Midwinter+Holidays to Google Bookmarks Add Midwinter+Holidays to Stumbleupon Add Midwinter+Holidays to Reddit

RSS | Related Articles | Editor's Picks Articles | Top Ten Articles | Previous Features | Site Map

For FREE email updates, subscribe to the New Age Newsletter

Past Issues

Printer Friendly
tell friend
Tell a Friend
Email Editor

Content copyright © 2018 by Deanna Leigh Joseph. All rights reserved.
This content was written by Deanna Leigh Joseph. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact Deanna Leigh Joseph for details.


g features
Universal Energies of 2018

Using a Ouija Board

Epidote the Stone of Manifestation

Archives | Site Map


Past Issues

Note: BellaOnline uses cookies to help provide a consistent user experience. Our advertisers may use cookies to help customize ads. Please contact us with any question about our cookie use.

Summertime Foods
Corn on the Cob
Burgers on the Grill
Apple Pie


| About BellaOnline | Privacy Policy | Advertising | Become an Editor |
Website copyright © 2018 Minerva WebWorks LLC. All rights reserved.

BellaOnline Editor