Thursday, December 15, 2011


Yule is a celebration of the Winter Solstice. It is the longest night of the year. On this day, Usually December 20, 21, or 22, the year begins to turn back toward warmth and renewal. I know this is not what you usually think of when you think of this long night. For most of us, it is the first day of Winter. The first day of cold, cold days and nights. The beginning of the season of snow and ice and all things cold. But from this day forward, each day will begin to get a tiny bit longer. And each night will be just a tiny bit shorter.

I have always thought of winter as a dark, dreary time in which all life ends. The trees have lost their leaves, all the outside plants have died and the world looks bleak. While it looks that way in the world around us, there is a whole world under the ground that is just beginning to wake up. The tiny seeds that are buried are beginning to sprout. They are sending down roots deep into the soil. And the tiniest of sprouts are beginning to creep up ready to break through the ground in the Spring.

As we approach this dark time, we should finish up all those little projects that have gone by the wayside. We spend a lot more time indoors this time of year. We spend more time with ourselves. But this is not just a quiet dark time for us either. This is the time when we begin planning what we are going to do when the warmer weather arrives. We like to play Nature Games to remind us that it will soon be warm. We plan what we are going to plant in our gardens in the Spring. We start going through vacation brochures to decide where we will go on our next vacation. The tiny sprouts of dreams and plans and goals begin to grow toward the surface.

Instead of whining about the cold and the snow this Winter, celebrate the new beginnings that you will soon face. Enjoy, relax, grow, Spring is coming.

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