Yule never have imagined

Just a few fun Pagan practices adopted for
the Christmas celebrations

Yule Log

Druids believed the burning of the Yule log was symbolic of the triumph of the sun during the longest night of the year - the winter solstice: which usually falls on - you guessed it, the 25th of December.

Kissing under the Mistletoe

No, pervs did not invent this tradition (wonder why it didn't sink into our culture?) The ancient Europeans believed in the plant's potent properties and used it to adorn home entrances to ward off evil trespassers - same here with "aswang" and "bawang", but we really can't associate garlic with kissing - damn!

Christmas Tree

The Druids, again, were the first to get this undone furniture (who would've known if it was supposed to be a chair) into the house. It was said that the winter season served as an opportunity to commune with the fairies by getting their shelter (evergreen trees) out of the snow. Centuries later, the practice of making-over the other end of a tree stump (from straight to fairy) was the only way the men of the house can express their feminine side.

The Paarty

The ancient celebration of Yule was so popular in so many European cultures that Christian leaders during the 3rd century A.D. had to join in. Among these celebrations were: Lenaea(Greeks), the Festival of the Wild Women; Saturnalia(Romans), dedication to the god Saturn among many; Yule(Druids), sun's rebirth. Among the practices during this celebration were eating, gift giving, dancing (clad or not), singing and sometimes...
Source: Copyright 2006 by K. Knight et.al.