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21 Candles

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.

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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.

 

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Happy Solstice!,

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