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Monday, November 19, 2012

Yule Traditions & Legends: Yule Celebrations

The celebration of Yule and the Winter Solstice stems from back in the days of Mithras, the Pagan Roman Sun god, through the Nordic tribes, and among a number of other cultures and religions. The Winter Solstice has long been a time of celebration around the world. Centuries before the Christian holiday of Christmas and the arrival of the man called Jesus Christ, early Europeans celebrated light and birth in the darkest days of winter. 

In Scandinavia, the Norse celebrated Yule, the Winter Solstice, from December 21 through January. In recognition of the return of the sun, families would bring home large Yule logs which they would set on fire.

In Germany, people honored the god Oden. In Rome, people celebrated Saturnalia by honoring the god Saturn and so on. However, between the years of 200-500AD, Christianity had successfully maneuvered into the Roman government which was at that time still predominately Pagan. To the Romans, Christianity resembled several elements of their Roman-Pagan beliefs, particularly Mithraism. Mithra was closely tied to the sun gods Helios and Apollo and Mithras’ birthday was celebrated on December 25th, close to the Winter Solstice which was later changed by the Christians to Jesus’ birthday. Furthermore, shepherds were thought to have witnessed Mithras’ birth and were to have partaken in a “last supper” with Mithra before his return to heaven. The Mithratic Priests’ title, Pater Patrum, soon became the title for the Bishop of Rome, “Papa” or “Pope.” In deed, these remarkable similarities were no coincidence.



Today we, as Wiccans and Pagans. still continue to celebrate Yule and the Winter Solstice. We honor the birth of the God who was born of the Triple Goddess. Yule is also a time when we look forward to seeing the end of the winter hardships and we may anticipate Imbolg and the beginning of the on-coming of Spring!


  1. I cannot wait for Yule! Such a wonderfully sparkly time of year. I may try my hand at making a Yule log!

  2. Thanks so much for your ongoing series on Yule. I've been sharing your blog in a FB group I created to go along with one of my blogs. Everyone has had very positive comments and I wanted to pass it along. :)
    Many blessings,

    1. Michelle ~ Thank you so very much., my friend! I so appreciate the positive feedback!!

      Many blessings to you and yours,


  3. I love these posts Kim! Thank you! I am learning so much from you! Happy Yule ;o)