The end of Yule and the end of theoldmortuary Advent. Starting on the first day of a chocolate advent calendar and ending on the last day of Pagan Yule. Fittingly, as with much of the festive season, today’s blog is about something Pagan that is enmeshed in the secular and sacred traditions of a Christian Christmas. Christmas is for everyone… Lights are not just for Christmas…
The custom was borrowed from Pagan Yule rituals that celebrate the slow returning of light and lengthening days after the Winter Solstice.
For Christians, lights symbolise the birth of Christ, the bringer of light to the World.
William Holman Hunt
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Light was created for Pagans with the burning of the Yule Log, early tapers and braziers.
Early Christians had much the same. Candles,gas lights and then electricity. In the mid twentieth century, it became popular not only to decorate the tree with lights but also to decorate homes and commercial buildings with strings of lights. Cities have year round light shows that are only marginally ramped up for the festive season
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More recently, landscapes and country parks have realised the commercial value of having Festive Season illuminations.
In many countries festive lights go up at the beginning of Advent and come down at Twefth Night or Candlemas.
But there is a new thinking out there…Psychologists suggest that putting Christmas decorations and lights up early makes people happier and the happiness spreads to friends and neighbours.
It doesn’t stop there, keeping them up beyond Twelfth Night is also a good thing.
The Cornish Range is somewhat aged and thankfully we don’t rely on it to feed us or heat the house. A little bit of Festive illumination gives it the look of fabulous domestic productivity.
So from the glowing heart of theoldmortuary, it’s farewell to Advent until December 1st 2020.
Tomorrow is another day.