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GUEST,beachcomber Folklore: Celebrating the Winter Solstice (48) RE: Folklore: Celebrating the Winter Solstice 25 Dec 08


A Celtic Yuletide custom was wassailing, in which a group of people carried a bowl of wassail (cider) into an orchard.

The celebrants chose one tree to represent the whole grove and dipped its branch tips in wassail, stuck bits of wassail-soaked cake among its twigs and sprinkled wassail on its roots.

It's not surprising a culture that named its letters and months for trees had many tree customs. Only one day of the Celtic calendar lacks a ruling tree and ogham letter. The Celts called this day, December 23, the Secret of the Unhewn Stone.


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