Happy Yule and Merry Christmas!

It’s been a very, very busy week. I actually started writing this post last week, and never got back to finishing it.

Yule Ball 2016Last Sunday, my Circle put on a Yule Masquerade Ball in partnership with the Heathen Freehold Society of BC. It was a lot of work, and a lot of fun!

I was the Snow Queen for the event. I love to dress up, and I don’t have as many opportunities as I would like. So it was fun to put on a dress I had made several years ago, and don a mask, and be a hostess for the evening.

We had dancing, and a costume competition, and a raffle with AMAZING prizes. Honestly, we put on a pretty fantastic event, if I do say so myself.

I can’t take credit for it, though. There was a whole team of people, both from my group and the Heathen Freehold, who put in a ton of effort.

Also this past week was my baby’s 11th birthday. A little over a month ago, he asked for a surprise birthday party. Since then, he didn’t ask a single thing about it. Thankfully, I have connection to most of his friends’ parents. We managed to pull the surprise off – I even baked a cake without him knowing. He had absolutely no idea.

Work was surprisingly busy, so that kept me on my toes.

My Passion Planner arrived this week, too! So I’m starting to look forward and plan for the upcoming year.

I’ve got a brief week off of work, and so much I want to accomplish. Lots of sewing, some writing, and getting CD’s ready. That’s right, you will soon be able to order CD’s of my guided meditations!

And now, I have a gift for you. As you prepare for a new year, I offer you Seeds of Enlightenment Guided Meditation. This meditation helps you envision where it is that you want to be, and reminds you that you do have everything you need, right here, right now. And when you think you can’t go any farther, the Universe reaches out and gives you a hand.

To download, send me an email through the form below, and I will send you the download link. The link will be available until January 8th, 2017.

Happy Yule and Merry Christmas!

Blessings,

Mary

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I’ve just arrived home from my Circle’s Yule Celebration and potluck, and I’m trying desperately to finish writing this blog post before succumbing to a food coma. So if I start to ramble, please forgive me.

Blessings of the SeasonThis year, my husband and I decided to celebrate Yule, or Winter Solstice, instead of Christmas. For many years, we’ve celebrated both, partly because of family visiting, and partly because of the societal hubbub that surrounds Christmas. It has become a very commercialized holiday, and I’m tired of that aspect of it.

I’m also tired of the “political correct” arguments about whether or not to wish someone a Merry Christmas. From people arguing that we have to put Christ back in Christmas, to those who say we can’t offend anyone of different religious beliefs, to those who would rather “Bah humbug!” and be done with it, I say it doesn’t really matter.

If you look at all the major holidays that fall around this time of year, they have one thing in common: light. In the northern hemisphere, it’s been getting noticeably darker – the days have been getting shorter. With the shorter days comes colder weather. This fact did not escape our ancestors. Around this time of year, even if we don’t notice it right away (like the 4 days between the Winter Solstice and Christmas, perhaps?) the days start getting longer again.

If you were dependent on the warmth of the longer days to feed yourself and your family, you’d be pretty happy about the days starting to get longer. It would definitely be a cause for celebration. You’d get together with your friends and family and feast and give each other presents because you were so grateful its not going to be dark forever. Maybe you’d even start getting together a little before the Winter Solstice, lighting candles and praying for the light to return because, hey, it couldn’t hurt, right?

I know, I’m over-generalizing all the holidays. We really are celebrating for many of the same reasons, though. So if someone says, “Merry Christmas!” to me, I’m not going to get upset about it. They are wishing me the same thing as Happy Hanukkah or Blessed Yule in their language. I’ll say it right back to them in their language. Because it is not as important to me to be “right” as it is to spread more love and joy and light at this dark time of the year. The words themselves are not as important as the meaning behind them.

So whether you celebrate Hanukkah, or Christmas, or Yule, or something else, or none of the above – I wish you peace, love, joy and infinite blessings. I wish you light.

Blessings,

Mary

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