AuthorsDen.com   Join Free! | Login    
   Popular! Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry
Where Authors and Readers come together!

SIGNED BOOKS    AUTHORS    eBOOKS new!     BOOKS    STORIES    ARTICLES    POETRY    BLOGS    NEWS    EVENTS    VIDEOS    GOLD    SUCCESS    TESTIMONIALS

Featured Authors:  Lonnie Hicks, iAlfred Garrotto, iJeanne Miller, iSonny Hudson, iCheryl Carpinello, iStan Law (aka Stanislaw Kapuscinski), iJeff Ovall, i

  Home > Holidays > Articles Popular: Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry     

Linda E Allen

· + Follow Me
· Contact Me
· Books
· Articles
· News
· Stories
· 74 Titles
· 21 Reviews
· Save to My Library
· Share with Friends!
·
Member Since: Jun, 2007

Linda E Allen, click here to update your pages on AuthorsDen.




Featured Book
It Had To Be Us
by Harry and Elizabeth Lawrence

In this heartfelt romantic memoir, Harry and Elizabeth share their passions and feelings about the poignant events that brought them back together after being divorced an..  
BookAds by Silver
Gold and Platinum Members


Books by Linda E Allen

Solstice Superstitions
by Linda E Allen   
Rated "G" by the Author.
Last edited: Saturday, December 21, 2013
Posted: Wednesday, December 21, 2011

  Print   Save    Follow    Share 

Recent articles by
Linda E Allen

Cross Timbers of the Cross
Daffodil - Narcissus - Jonquil: Which is which and why?
Consider the Lily
How to Grow a Green Thumb
How Does Your Garden Grow?
Rosemary - or the Rose of Mary?
The Rose - Queen of All Flowers
           >> View all

Many of our Christmas traditions involving plants come from ancient civilizations that worshipped nature gods. They celebrated a mid-winter holiday known as Saturnalia or the Winter Solstice.

The hype around the Mayan end of days predicted for December 21, 2012, is nothing new in the superstitious realm.  Ancient cultures including the Druids, Aztecs and Mayas created rituals to entice their gods to continue the world as they knew it and their lifestyles.

Ancient cultures believed that as the sun gradually sank lower into the horizon during the autumn season, it would not return.  Saturnalia, or as we know it - the Winter Solstice, usually occurs around December 21, the shortest day of the year.

In order to entice the sun god to provide warmth, light and an abundance of crops, they created annual rituals and celebrations. Often wild and riotous, they were held to thank the gods for returning the sun to them.  The winter solstice restored faith in the future as the days became longer. 

Greenery played a special role in these festivities because the color represented eternal life, coming from plants that remained green throughout the year.  Greenery was also used as protection against witches and other evil demons believed to be present and especially active and powerful during this time of the year. 

Ancient cultures believed that bringing greenery into the home was a lucky charm that would guarantee the return of vegetation and growth in the spring.  This is where our tradition of decking the halls comes from.  Some people even adorned themselves with springs of greenery to further atract personal luck an good fortune.

There were superstitions giverning when to bring the greenery into the house; it was considered bad luck to bring greenery into the house before Christmas  Eve, and equally unlucky to remove it before the Twelfth Night, or January 6th. Many people still observe these traditions.

The Druids celebrated the winter solstice with sacred rites involving the mistletoe.  They gathered in the forest for the ritual of cutting mistletoe from the trees and sharing it among themselves as a symbol of peace and prosperity.  They also hung it over their doors to ward off evil spirits, to ensure fertility and to encourage enermies to bury past grudges.  They expected guest to embrace under the mistletoe - a custom we have adapted to our times and traditions.

On this Solstice night, take time to connect with the Power that is greater than you and reflect on the gifts and blessings of the season.  In the darkness of the longest night, the stars twinkle with a light that gives us a glimpse of the promises of the future. 

We all walk in the dark and each of us must learn to turn on his or her own light - Earl Nightengale

Adapted from Decking the Halls - The Folklore and Traditions of Christmas Plants.

 

 

 

Web Site: Retro-Eco.net



Want to review or comment on this article?
Click here to login!


Need a FREE Reader Membership?
Click here for your Membership!


Popular Holidays Articles
  1. Another Informative Yet Unnecessary Heavin
  2. The Cycle of Yuletide
  3. Christmas Flash Mob: USAF
  4. Happy Blessed New Year 2015 !
  5. How Do I Love Thee
  6. Christmas Past in War and Peace
  7. Who Would Have Thought...?(A Christmas Sea
  8. Halloween Fright, Flight, Fight
  9. A Priest, A Prisoner and A Prayer - The St
  10. Christmas; Past and Present

The Man Who Saved Christmas by Jeff Ovall

Christmas - only days away; plastic snowmen and glowing reindeer adorn the lawns of neighborhoods all across America. All is calm, all is bright, and yet there is something tragic..  
BookAds by Silver, Gold and Platinum Members

TOBOGGAN WAX by Hank LeGrand

TOBOGGAN WAX is a story about a young orphaned boy named, Eric. He goes to live with his uncle at his secluded mountain cabin. Snow lay on the ground almost year round up in the va..  
BookAds by Silver, Gold and Platinum Members

Authors alphabetically: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Featured Authors | New to AuthorsDen? | Add AuthorsDen to your Site
Share AD with your friends | Need Help? | About us


Problem with this page?   Report it to AuthorsDen
AuthorsDen, Inc. All rights reserved.