It's funny. Until now it meant Christmastime to me. I will be honest I'd never heard of Yule so the association never crossed my mind. The song "The Christmas Song (chestnuts roasting on an open fire)" comes to mind. Was Mel Torme a Pagan or did he just make the same association I did? Not being snarky here just an honest question.
Answer by NotPanicking at 9:42 PM on Dec. 9, 2010
A long, long time ago the lines were blurred between the Pagan festival of Yule and Christmas. Not to be a controversy theorist or finger pointer but in order to convert Pagans to Christianity Christians related the birth of Christ to the Pagan celebration of the re-birth of the Sun (Winter Solstice on December 21st). According to many historical and scientific evidence Christ wasn't born in December at all. See http://www.ucg.org/booklets/HH/jcnotborndec25.asp just for one example.
"Yuletide" actually starts sometime in September- which correlates to when the Pagan harvest holidays started to prepare for the long, unfertile winter.
Answer by meandrphoto at 3:14 PM on Dec. 9, 2010
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