Midwinter Cottage and Solstice Celebrations

Bealtaine Cottage, Ireland

The Plants of Christmas

The plants traditionally associated with Christmas were  Holly,Mistletoe, Ivy  and Common Yew. These trees and plants have had special roles in earlier religions and past cultures.

The Celts in Ireland  had midwinter festivals to celebrate the return of the sun from the shortest day.

In the 4th and 5th centuries, 25 December was gradually adopted as the date for Christmas in Europe in order to superimpose on the existing mid-winter festivals.

Evergreens

 The Roman festival of Saturnalia was a week of public feasting, dancing, singing and gambling. Houses were decorated with evergreens and bunches of holly were given as tokens of friendship. When this festival was absorbed into the Christian calendar, Holly and the other evergreens were absorbed as well.

Fire and Celebration

Midwinter Solstice marks the rebirth of the suns power.
The midwinter fire is the  symbol of death and rebirth – going from the darkness…

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  1. I do not know what Grace brought me to discover your Beltaine Cottage on FB and this blog…. but I am ever so grateful. Your philosophy, home, gardens — all make me grateful to be sharing this gorgeous old globe with truly decent souls.

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    1. And here you will find many kindred spirits, Josephine. You are welcome indeed!

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      1. Thank you… and I did mean Bealtaine…

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