per amica silentia lunae

or, across the ferny brae with the evil voodoo celt

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Welcome, Yule!
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Since I have it on good authority that today is the shortest day of the year in this part of the world (local solstice being ca. 10:30 AM, not too long ago now), I give you:

The Shortest Day
And so the Shortest Day came and the year died
And everywhere down the centuries of the snow-white world
Came people singing, dancing,
To drive the dark away.
They lighted candles in the winter trees;
They hung their homes with evergreen;
They burned beseeching fires all night long
To keep the year alive.
And when the new year's sunshine blazed awake
They shouted, revelling.
Through all the frosty ages you can hear them
Echoing behind us - listen!
All the long echoes sing the same delight,
This Shortest Day.
As promise wakens in the sleeping land,
They carol, feast, give thanks,
And dearly love their friends,
And hope for peace.
And now so do we, here, now,
This year and every year.
Welcome, Yule!

- written by Susan Cooper, and presented in the form used at the Christmas Revels... at every performance, in every city, every year.

Have the brightest, happiest, and most wonderful Yule possible. Safe travels and warm hearths, everyone.

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