This time of year has a long history of celebrations for about as long as humans have been around — in fact, probably before that, too. I’m sure any creature would find itself grateful for the return of the light. After weeks of the days getting shorter and the nights longer, passing the winter solstice brings a return of hope — hope that winter will not last forever that spring will return again.
That sense of promise that comes with the passing of the darkest day is something folks in the northern climates feel a little more keenly. The sun’s absence isn’t just a source of melancholy but a reflection of the harshness of winter. While festivals of light from Hanukkah to Diwali embody the hope that light brings, the bright crackle of the yule log gives heat as well as light and makes it possible…
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