a few lines from one of my poems
outside my window winter gloats
the cherry tree has taken off her coat,
still some leaves to her branches pinned
held tight by Autumns last prevailing winds
the first lines of a poem inspired by the lovely wild cherry tree in my neighbours garden,
I watched a programme about the Stonehenge and they now think it is quite possible that it was built to celebrate the winter solstice not the summer ,
if you think about it they would be much more likely to celebrate the coming of the lighter warmer days
than the summer longest day ?????
The Winter Solstice falls on the shortest day of the year (21st December) and was celebrated in Britain long before the arrival of Christianity. The Druids (Celtic priests) would cut the mistletoe that grew on the oak tree and give it as a blessing. Oaks were seen as sacred and the winter fruit of the mistletoe was a symbol of life in the dark winter months.
It was also the Druids who began the tradition of the yule log. The Celts thought that the sun stood still for twelve days in the middle of winter and during this time a log was lit to conquer the darkness, banish evil spirits and bring luck for the coming year.
Many of these customs are still followed today. They have been incorporated into the Christian and secular celebrations of Christmas.
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