The Pagan celebration of Winter Solstice (also known as Yule) is one of the oldest winter celebrations in the world. Humans may have observed the winter solstice as early as Neolithic period as it is the one day of the year where we have the fewest hours of daylight.

The ancient people of Northern Europe were hunter/gatherers, and the sun played the most prominent role in their survival. To many, this period of time was about worshiping and honouring the sun god in hope that it would eventually return to longer days and warmer weather. During the winter solstice the darkness has reached its peak and therefore we must reach into that darkness in order to discover the light again.
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