In the depth of winter, when the sun comes out briefly if it comes out at all, our ancient forebears celebrated to give themselves heart and hope; to fortify their courage and to see them through to Spring. I love this idea of making merry to snub your nose at the harsh conditions and the dreech and dreary days and nights. It is not just a coincidence that we celebrate Christmas now - the early church 'guardians' could not force our ancestors to give up their pagan celebrations so incorporated the christian message with older superstitions.
Easter is another example. Personally I can live with the two concepts sitting side by side and include Hanukkah and Kwanzaa alongside too because as human beings we all need to celebrate when things seem bad, even if it is just to count our blessings in family, friends and community. This season is about hope for a better future, whatever your faith or creed. So, having used a hundred words when two would do, I would like to wish you and yours all a Good Yule. Kind Wishes, Hazel x