THE HISTORY OF YULE: How it all begun 1.1

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As HUMAN BEINGS, WE ARE a diverse group of people.

We come in many sizes, colors, and shapes.

We come from different cultures, speak different languages, and practice different religions.

Even the food we like to eat varies.

Yet, no matter who we are or where we live, one thing remains constant:

We all look forward to the winter holidays.

By some, they’re called Christmas or Hanukkah.

By others, Las Posadas or Ta Chiu. Still others call them Winter Solstice, Yule, and lots of other names most of us can’t pronounce.

Each celebration is a little different, but the main ideas are the same.

These holidays provide us with a time for reflection, resolution, and renewal.

A time for gift-giving, goodwill, and kindness.

Most important, though, they provide us with rituals to celebrate the balance of light and dark-rituals for welcoming the healing powers of warmth back into our world-and that gives us a common ground that draws us together as a people.