The winter solstice, or Yule, which usually occurs on or around Dec. 21st, is the longest night of the year. It is a time of celebration for many pagan
cultures, as the biggest winter holiday of the year.
Decorate your home using lights (for the sun's return) pine, holly, ivy,
mistletoe, or other plants sacred to the season.
Buy or make gifts for friends and family. These gifts are a blessing to
ensure prosperity to the recipient in the coming year.
Create a yule log - a log decorated with pine and other natural elements.
Create or acquire a Yule candle. Yule candles shouldn't be bought, so use a candle you have made or one given to you as a gift.
Attend or give a Yule feast the evening of the solstice.
Attend or hold a solstice service honoring the return of the sun and longer
days. Druid, pagan, and Norse-themed services are especially meaningful at Yule, although any religious service is appropriate.
Remove a small piece of the Yule log to keep it's luck in your home
throughout the year. Store the piece under your bed.
Light the Yule log with a piece of last year's log, if available. Allow it to
burn out completely without stoking the fire.
Light the Yule candle. Allow it to burn all night in order to 'call back the
sun' during the longest night of the year. (If fire safety is a concern, an
electric light may be substituted).
Greet the sunrise and the return of the sun with song and a nice breakfast.