Yule/Winter Solstice 2020

Our holiday 2020

 

Firstly, I want to wish everyone a blessed winter solstice and a festive Yule, from me and my family to yours. It was an eventful and fun-filled day at our residence starting from the moment everyone awoke. We baked tons of snacks, we had a traditional ham dinner (30 lbs), which the recipe came by way of my dearly departed grandmother and 

Presents were a huge hit, with all four of our kids screaming and my sons literally shedding tears of joy. My sons, AJ (12 years old) and Gabriel (11 years old) both received cell phones for the first time and have been on them since they opened them!

We’re all winding down and once the little ones are in bed, Sam and I will hold a holiday ritual and observe the grand conjunction taking place between Jupiter and Saturn, before we enjoy some wonderful wine to finish up the evening. A splendid end, to a marvelous winter solstice celebration.

 

Our fiber optic Christmas tree this year

Me alongside my children (Sam took the photo) 

12-20-2020

Yuletide cheers

I just wanted to take a moment out of the day to wish everyone a joyous Hannahka, Yule, Winter Solstice, Midvinterblot, Christmas, and whatever else someone might celebrate this time of year. Tis the season of the long night, round your families, friends, give of yourself to others you love, feast and be merry. Think of those less fortunate than us, and should you have it, give to those in need.

These are universal truths this time of the year, the spirit of giving, peace, love, hope can be found throughout all the known world. It is a palpable feeling that transcends cultures, society, religion… it is something inherently beautiful that taps at the core of our humanity. 

Yet, sadly our world is caught in the grips of a horrible pandemic, and gatherings and festivities have been halted around the world. Humanity is separated, held apart, and told that we cannot and should not engage with one another.

We are held apart, but never have we been more together!

I have seen neighbors shoveling snow for other neighbors out of the kindness of their spirit. People dropping off gifts on doorsteps and even caroling held with social distancing kept in mind. Make no mistake about it, humans may be separated, but none of us are alone, none of us suffer if we do not all suffer. 

Yuletide cheer is here, whether or not we’re hugging one another or keeping a distance. We have found ourselves spreading love and joy in any way we can muster up the ingenuity to do so. We cannot and will not let COVID-19 halt the love and compassion of the holiday season, this much is certain. 

So from me and mine to you and yours, I want to wish you all the happiest of holidays this season.