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Midwinter Nordic Traditions: Celebrating the Harvest, Honoring the Light

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Midwinter Nordic Traditions: Celebrating the Harvest, Honoring the Light

Many pagan solstice traditions from Northern Europe are the cultural roots of modern Christmas traditions found throughout the Western world. For example, the yule log, now thought to be the name of a fancy holiday dessert, was part of an ancient tradition commemorating the return of longer days. An entire tree was brought into the home for midwinter festivities and burned in the fireplace, large end first. For several nights, nearing the longest night of the year, the tree would gradually be fed into the fire. The warmth and light from the burning tree welcomed the return of the Sun...

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