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Here’s an excerpt from Handfastings.org’s latest newsletter:

My husband and I just watched a fascinating account of The Real Story of Christmas on the History Chanel, which took us from the old Pagan customs of Winter Solstice, to the more designed – and sometimes very rowdy – solstice celebrations of Yule through the middle ages, to the Christianization of the holiday and how it has evolved through the years.  My favorite line was, “Traditions are never as old as we think they are.”

Religion, customs and rituals evolve through the ages.  And while our core principles may remain the same, we learn to adapt along the way, through environmental changes and other things that necessitate our development.  We take what we call our traditions every year and put our own spin on it, driving the evolution of our holiday rituals.

This Winter Solstice, take a moment to think about why it is we do the things we do.  Why am I lighting this candle?  Why am I hanging this ornament?  On the darkest night of the year, it is time to reflect on our innermost spirit.  Sitting a moment to collect your thoughts can be so freeing.

In this December newsletter from Handfastings.org, we discuss the Winter Solstice, offer up a solstice meditation courtesy of Dr. Judith Rich, and ponder the magical significance of the Lunar Eclipse on the 21st, which in its rarity this year falls exactly on the solstice.

And we are delighted to announce our first listed officiant who performs handfastings in the US capital, Washington DC!

So whether you observe the Winter Solstice, Yule, Christmas, Saturnalia, Hanukkah, or a combination of any winter holidays, may you have a bright, warming winter and a season filled with magic and wonder.

Blessed be,

Shira and Family (including the cats)

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