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Today is the Winter Solstice 21 December and German Radio MDR and Nederland Radio NRK is playing favourites for this Feast. The weather here in Ottawa today has been very mild almost Spring like but I am not complaining because it is a lot nicer than ice and snow given the City of Ottawa has no budget for clearing snow. For Christmas day prediction say it will be 14C. I say good!

So Happy Yule another celebration, in a Season of many celebrations.

Yule or Yuletide (“Yule time”) is a festival observed by the historical Germanic peoples, later undergoing Christianised reformulation resulting in the now better-known Christmastide. The earliest references to Yule are by way of indigenous Germanic month names Ærra Jéola (Before Yule) or Jiuli and Æftera Jéola (After Yule) December-January. Scholars have connected the celebration to the Wild Hunt, the god Odin.

Terms with an etymological equivalent to Yule are used in the Nordic countries for Christmas with its religious rites, but also for the holidays of this season.

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