so we approach Yule~the winter solstice, our darkest night.
our ancestors would have gathered together awaiting the return of light, the Star Child.
bonfires would have been lit on the hills to tell those of the land the light would return and people would bring in offerings of greenery and red berries...the holly, ivy and fir and mistletoe, sacred to the Druids would bring their scents to the roundhouses.
mistletoe was held to be deeply sacred by the Druids, especially when discovered upon an oak tree. On the sixth day of the new moon closest to the Winter Solstice, it was harvested as an offering to the gods.