Happy yule

Today is the longest night and the shortest day in one of the most southerly capital cities in the world. There rain and hail is incessant and the amber glow of my salt lamp guides my thoughts towards reflecting on life, love, and the progress of time.

Yule is a time to give thanks and to take stock of your life. In amongst the chaos of the world, I am grateful to be alive right now, in a warm house with a working body and a working mind. Just giving thanks for the simple things and trying to live fully in the moment is a powerful way to celebrate yule. Remember that you are loved.

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5 thoughts on “Happy yule

  1. On the other side of the world we are celebrating the longest day! 🙂

    It is the first time I hear about “Yule” – may I ask where does this name of the celebration come from? Is it a local naming?


    1. Hi Georgiana I think over there in your part of the world is Litha, or midsummer 🌞🌄 whereas normally around Christmas in Europe it would be Yule which is the old pagan celebration for that time of year. But we have these celebrations of Yule around the 20th of June instead, and Christmas is always hot and sunny here….it is weird for Europeans to contemplate hehe 😁 Summer/Litha/Christmas is an amazing time to visit New Zealand if you do ever come here. Enjoy the summer there, take care 🌞🌻


      1. Thanks for the explanation! So the names of Litha and Yule come from the old pagan celebrations, very interesting!

        I’ve been fortunate to visit New Zealand in January this year, and it was one of the best holidays of my life! We rented a van (classic tourists) from Auckland, for 14 days, and managed to visit both islands. Nonetheless, I feel we only scratched the surface of what NZ has to offer, I definitely want to be back for a longer period!

        Have a lovely day! 🌟


      2. That is so so cool I’m so glad you have been enjoyed it. Yeah it is a lot of fun, what did you enjoy most? Going around by van would have been so cool!! Take care xxx


      3. My favourite places were Tongariro Alpine Crossing, Milford Sound (including the hikes around the area) and Hobbiton 🙂 I was so amazed by the beautiful nature and how well it is preserved, you have such a very beautiful country! Hope to back soon!


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