Updated: Jan 16
In my last blog about the beautiful tradition of Lucia on December 13, I wrote about the origins of this tradition. In historical times that date was seen as the day that signaled the light's return; winter solstice. All the way back to the Vikings, people would celebrate the Midwinter Solstice, which is when the night is the longest, and the day is the shortest one of the year. They believed that Odin, father of the gods, would ride across the night sky and visit them in their homes. They called it "Yule," which came to be the Scandinavian word for Christmas "Jul"
All the way back to the Vikings, people would celebrate the Midwinter Solstice,
Back then, they didn't have the accuracy in astronomical observations that we do today. So midwinter solstice is really today, December 21.
For me, this day has a lot of significance. There's just something very magical about the change from days getting shorter and shorter, up until this day, after which they'll be getting lighter and hence seem longer. So even if it's still only early wintertime, just the thought of the returning daylight cheers me up and sparkles my innate optimism. And it is something I will frequently be reminding myself of, all the way through January and February. It may well be we are still facing some challenging months worldwide, but I am feeling hopeful!
Christmas is just days away, so I am practicing lots of hygge with my candle lights and Christmas decorations – not too much but certainly also not too little either. In the mornings, I instruct the whole family to gather at least for a few minutes for breakfast. Likewise, in the evening time after dinner, we have to hygge. Admittedly, at this time, I am frequently supplementing candle lights with a few additional Christmas calories and am also helped by some good movies and TV shows. But these ever so short and blissful moments are so precious to me.