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Yuletide is an ancient celebration.
As the mist encircles the cottage this morning and the stillness of the air creates echoes along the hill, Midwinter seems very close.
This is traditionally a time for people to come together and celebrate the midwinter, with feasting, music and dancing. I have been busy painting and decorating the cottage in preparation for this special time.
Even the old dresser has been given a much needed coat of paint!
Yule is traditionally celebrated over twelve days. This is where the Twelve days of Christmas come from.
It is also traditional to have a Yule log which will burn all night, on the longest night of the year.
The barn is filled with logs for the stoves.
Most of the wood comes from fast growing Ash, a tree which grows easily here in the west of Ireland.
Light is important at this time and this is where the idea of Christmas lights comes from. Opening the doors of the wood burning stove in the sitting room, allows light to fill the room.
There are many celebrations of light all across the world at this time.
We are drawn towards the light, in this time of darkness and mellow sunlight. The winter will have reached it’s shortest day this week.
A time to celebrate, keep warm and look forward to the ascent towards Spring.
Make the most of this beautiful aspect of the year, wrap up warm and spent time outdoors. There is beauty in every day…and it allows you to appreciate the warmth of your home.
Happy Yuletide, everyone!