Many Pagan winter solstice traditions and customs created around Yule are identified with Christmas today. You are following some of these old solstice traditions when you decorate your home with a Yule tree, holly or candles.
Pagan winter solstice traditions of Yule are decorating the Yule tree, burning the Yule log, exchanging of presents, kissing under the mistletoe, or caroling.
Charitable Pagan winter solstice traditions
Sharing food, an important part of any celebration, is particularly meaningful during the solstice, as it represents faith in the return of the sun and the harvest. Maybe you’d like to prepare a simple meal from organic winter vegetables to share with friends or family or cook a dinner to enjoy in the welcome solitude of your own company. (source)
Hold a feast, get together with those people that you admire and have some great food. Now we can go to the market and buy everything, and it’s a lot easier than some years ago. Just take a minute to remember the olden days, when we had to hunt for food. Remember, that things got rough for people who lived out in the wilderness during the winter. If they didn’t get a good catch during the fall, they would be hungry throughout the winter.
In Poland the ancient December solstice observance prior to Christianity involved people showing forgiveness and sharing food. It was a tradition that can still be seen in what is known as Gody.
Share and give back to your community. You have been blessed with warm clothes on your back and a roof over your head this past year. Now it’s time to pass that magic forward and bless someone else in their own life. Donate your time or belongings that you no longer need to someone else, who might need it and appreciate it. Spend time during the season to brighten someone else’s day and share your light with them.
Winter solstice traditions and customs-give back to your community
Get involved in your community. Find out what’s happening in your local area, what seasonal fun is being planned and go. Be a part of it, get out of your comfort zone and do something new. It is a time of rebirth and renewal, and we are celebrating the birth of the Sun, so do something different. The Sun is about creation and life, so bring this power and energy into your own. (source)
The energy is unusually high at this time of the year. Yule holiday is a season of magic, so embrace it and empower your life with it. Taking the smells the sights, the sounds and the smiles of everyone all around you. The holiday cheer is beautiful. If we can’t live in a world that’s like this all the time, just take a moment to absorb this. Look around with the people smiling and laughing and being together. Winter solstice traditions and customs are beautiful and behold hope.