Yesterday was Yule, Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year. Usually we celebrate with my family and Pagan roots, but that didn't work out this year. So I was thinking of different things we could do to help focus our thoughts on The Sun's Return.
Somewhere a mom mentioned candlelight dinners for December, counting up to Christmas. I ran with that idea.
We started on December first, with just one candle. Then two on the second, three on the third, and so on. Last night friends came for a special Yule dinner and our table (and surrounding surfaces) blazed with 21 candles of all shapes and sizes.
We used every candle holder in the house, got some new ones, and made the footprint holders. It's been magical to watch this simple calling back of the light. I think it is one of the clearest, most literal, Yule magics that I have ever done.
It has slowed our dinners down and helped us all focus on the season, the dark evenings of winter, and the coming light ahead. I hope this tradition stays around.