Here are Graham's thoughts:
Winter Solstice is a well known Sabbat which has inspired the
major religious and secular festival in our culture – Christmas. The
Solstice usually occurs around the 21st of December and as with the
Summer Solstice, the sun rises and sets in the same place on the
horizon for five days. And, just as St John's Day is placed after the
summer, so Christmas falls just after the Sun starts moving again.
analysed, Christmas proves to be as strange as Easter when it comes to
the amalgam of Christian belief and pre-Christian customs. As I
mentioned in the Summer Solstice article, there is a myth of the Holly
and Oak Kings contending, and each ruling over half the year. The whole
cycle of the two brothers could be a distillation of some earlier myth
of a primeval spirit of the wild woods. Winter Solstice is the peak of
the Holly King's power and this is reflected in much of the traditional
decorations and even hymns for this time of year. Holly is an
incredibly magical tree with many myths woven around it. There are
tales of giants wielding clubs made out of whole Holly trees.
prehistoric monuments across Britain and Ireland have very clear
alignments of sunrise or sunset at certain dates of the year. Of all
the eight sabbats, the Winter Solstice is the one with the most
surviving prehistoric monuments, and these sites tend to be the most
impressive. Despite the common association of Stonehenge and the Summer
Solstice sunrise, Stonehenge is more likely to be built around the
Winter Solstice sunset.
Newgrange in Ireland, which aligns to
the sunrise on Winter Solstice, is an artificial hill made of layers of
pebbles and earth. It covers over an acre and is around 40 feet high.
It has one 60 foot long corridor leading into a chamber which is only
illuminated at dawn on the five days of the solstice. It is an
incredible feat of engineering carried out 5,000 years ago – 500 years
before either Stonehenge or the Pyramids were built. There are other
similar monuments across Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
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