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I know Yule is a German baised festival but what does it celebrate or stem from?


Asked by Anonymous at 6:07 PM on Dec. 6, 2010 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • Actually, traditional Yule has nothing to do with the Solstice. That's a new addition in recent years. The Heathen calendar only has 2 seasons, winter and summer. The Great Hunt starts in October, and Yule falls at a crescent moon after (which in this case, is tonight). It lasts approx 12-15 days depending on which country it was, how long the party lasted, etc. It ends with Mother's Night. When Christians invaded Northern Europe, they'd already incorporated Saturnalia into their Christmas, so after generations, Yule traditions crept in from families who had to worship in secret. Yule can fall anywhere from about now until early January - it just depends on the cycle of the moon.

    It's a time to celebrate your family and ancestors - you invite everyone over, exchange gifts, drink, eat, and honor your family. Kids leave grass for Odin's horse, Sleipnir, and he leaves them gifts in return for being nice.

    Answer by NotPanicking at 6:52 PM on Dec. 6, 2010

  • Saturnalia or Winter Solsticeis the primary origin.

    Answer by KristiS11384 at 6:09 PM on Dec. 6, 2010

  • For ancient Germanic and Celtic people, the impulse to celebrate solstice was the same as for their neighbors to the south -- a celebration of the cycle of nature and a reaffirmation of the continuation of life. But the style and substance of their celebrations took very different shape. Read more here:


    Answer by Crafty26 at 6:26 PM on Dec. 6, 2010

  • Yes, it is the longest night of the year, but people began celebrating it as a turning point of the season- it is the beginning of the end of winter, which means spring is right around the corner.

    Answer by meganbearden at 7:45 PM on Dec. 6, 2010

  • Winter Solstice is the longest night of the year right? How did anyone come to celebrate it? I'm afraid I know nothing about Saturnalia...

    Comment by Anonymous (original poster) at 6:11 PM on Dec. 6, 2010

  • Yule or Yule-tide is a winter festival that was initially celebrated by the historical Scandinavian and Germanic people as a pagan religious festival, though it was later absorbed into, and equated with, the Christian festival of Christmas. 


    Answer by Crafty26 at 6:32 PM on Dec. 6, 2010

  • and... lastly.... It's not necessarily German - but "Germanic" in origin.... meaning: originating in Northern Europe and identified by their use of the Indo-European Germanic languages, The descendants of these peoples became, and in many areas contributed to, ethnic groups in North Western Europe: Scandinavians (Danes, Norwegians, Swedes and Icelanders, but not Finns and Sami), Germans (including Austrians, German-speaking Swiss, and ethnic Germans), Dutch, and English, among others. (from wiki as well)

    Hope this helps ;o)


    Answer by Crafty26 at 6:33 PM on Dec. 6, 2010