Winter Solstice (Yule) is the last celebration of the calendar year. It marks the beginning of winter's end, where days become longer and nights become shorter again.
One of the most famous celebrations of the winter solstice in the world today takes place in the ancient ruins of Stonehenge, England. Thousands of Druids and Pagans gather there to chant, dance and sing while waiting to see the spectacular sunrise
Some ways to celebrate the Yule festival include lighting candles, dancing around bonfires, sharing festive meals, singing, exchanging gifts, burning the Yule log.
"In connecting with the natural world in a way that honors the sacred immanent in all things, we establish a resonance with the seasons. Ritual helps to shift our consciousness to reflect the outer world inside our inner landscape: the sun stands still within us, and time changes. After the longest night, we sing up the dawn. There is a rejoicing that, even in the darkest time, the sun is not vanquished. Sol Invictus — the Unconquered Sun — is seen once again, staining the horizon with the promise of hope and brilliance." - T. Thorn Coyle
Symbols: Yule log, evergreen wreaths, mistletoe, holly, gold and red candles
Incense: Pine, cinnamon, cedar
Colors: Red, gold, green, white, silver, orange, yellow
Stones: Bloodstones, garnets, emeralds