Happy Winter Solstice.
Tonight make sure you celebrate in style with a wonderful warm feast.
The winter solstice marks the longest night of the year. Yule foods, therefore, emphasise things that can be stored: root vegetables and squashes, cooking apples and pears, dried or frozen foods, canned and pickled vegetables, and various meats. Warm spices revive people after a cold day. The fiery energy of cinnamon, nutmeg and clove is practically synonymous with the season. The colours red and green, blue and white, and silver and gold are popular. In ancient times a Yule feast was often the most spectacular spread of the year.
Remember to Light lots of candles. Candles were another way to have an eternal flame within the home. They symbolised the light and warmth of the sun and were used to chase away negative energies and lure back the returning sun/son. Obviously, here, in Present-day South Africa- we all seem to use them for another reason.